The Ecclesiology of Donald Robinson and D. Broughton Knox: Exposition, Analysis, and Theological Evaluation

Author(s): Chase R. Kuhn

Ecclesiology | Anglicanism

For the past forty years the "Knox-Robinson Ecclesiology" has been the predominant ecclesiological model in the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia, one that emerged out of a series of theological contributions over two decades. The impact of this ecclesiology can be seen today across four continents (Australia, Europe, North America, Africa). Though pervasive in influence, there has--to date--been no extended systematic articulation of this ecclesiology, nor a serious and sustained appraisal of it. Here, the ecclesiologies of Donald W. B. Robinson (Vice Principal of Moore College 1959-1973, Archbishop of Sydney 1983-1992) and D. Broughton Knox (Principal of Moore College 1959-1985) are presented systematically, then analyzed and evaluated. Here, finally, is a thorough theological engagement with their provocative doctrine of the church.


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"For quite some time the ecclesiology of Donald Robinson and D. Broughton Knox has been scarcely known outside of evangelical Anglican circles in Australia and the United Kingdom. Dr. Kuhn has provided an accessible, critically appreciative analysis of their contribution, which challenges us all to look back to the Bible as the source and critique of our thought and practice as the churches of Jesus Christ. This book will help dispel much confusion on this important topic." – Mark D. Thompson, Principal, Moore Theological College

"The Anglican Diocese of Sydney (Australia) is becoming known around the world for its unique brand of churchmanship, which owes a great deal to a remarkable succession of leaders in the mid- and late-twentieth century. Until now, however, little research has been done on this phenomenon and misconceptions abound. Dr. Kuhn has laid bare the origins and significance of this ecclesiological movement by concentrating on two of its leading exponents." – Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

"Kuhn's significant study introduces readers to two key Australian thinkers. Their contribution on ecclesiology helped equip a generation to minister effectively in a post-Christian world. Kuhn does an excellent job of explaining and critically interacting with their thought, so that their teaching can continue to bear fruit." – Peter Jensen, formerly Archbishop of Sydney

"This is an important book by a fine young scholar. Kuhn not only traces the ecclesiological life and writings of two underrated Australian theologians, he demonstrates their ongoing relevance for constructive ecclesiology. Robinson and Knox have influenced hundreds of pastors, theologians, and seminary leaders. Kuhn's cogent analysis shows why. His study will aid adherents of established and emerging Anglican movements and thoughtful free church theologians alike." – Paul House, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Chase R. Kuhn is a lecturer in Christian thought and ministry at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.

General Fields

  • : 9781498298148
  • : Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • : Wipf and Stock
  • : April 2017
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chase R. Kuhn
  • : Paperback
  • : 252