Comments: Death of David Edwards announced

This is a shame, but a life well-lived. I read him a lot, and he did much to re-explain. Nevertheless, there was always the sense he was an also-ran, following on the coat-tails of others. He did risk others commenting back, so in his Tradition and Truth (1989) the theologians he wrote about said one after another that he'd either missed the point or didn't get it about each of them. He could still survey the scene, however, representing what was a being lost: a middling Anglicanism that he found fewer upholding intellectually.

Posted by Pluralist at Friday, 27 April 2018 at 1:54pm BST

I was privileged to meet Dr Edwards numerous times during his period as Dean of Norwich, all those years ago. He was a lovely man: open-minded, kind and interested in others. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Marc S at Friday, 27 April 2018 at 2:44pm BST

When I was a curate, I wrote a letter to the Times, critiquing the backlash from a group of then-prominent Evangelical spokesmen (and they were all men!) who were predicting Armageddon if rumours about Rowan Williams being appointed ABC proved to be true.

A couple of weeks later, I received a letter from David Edwards, whom I had never met, thanking me for my contribution and affirming my decision to publish the letter. 'I have waited a week or so before writing' he wrote 'because you may have received negative feedback from certain quarters and may be harbouring doubts... I wanted to write to encourage you.'

Pastoral and scholarly to the core. The like of which we shall probably not see in an English deanery again.

Posted by Simon R at Saturday, 28 April 2018 at 9:18am BST
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