A spiritual pilgrimage : a biographical study of R.J. Campbell
This thesis is a biography and study of the spiritual pilgrimage of R.J. Campbell (1867-1956). It details Campbell's life, considers the extent to which he was affected by the events of his time, and critically assesses his thought and influence. Chapter One outlines Campbell's formative years and shows the impact of Ulster Presbyterianism and family life upon him. The years 1867-80 are shown to be vital for an understanding of his adulthood and especially his religious leanings. The chapter ends with an account of his conversion to Congregationalism. The next chapter discusses Campbell's successful Brighton ministry. It deals with his emergence as a popular nationwide figure and traces the development of his theology. Chapter Three is concerned with Campbell's City Temple pastorate, the most controversial period of his life, both theologically and politically. A large section is devoted to the New Theology movement and Campbell's gradual disassociation from it. The chapter closes with an analytical account of his transition into Anglicanism. The fourth chapter deals with Campbell's Anglican years. It discusses the extent to which his theology actually changed, and the impact of his ministry. An important part of the thesis is the detailed bibliography. No bibliography of his work has been available up until now. Appendix A contains a selection of Campbell’s unpublished letters and Appendix B is a copy of the article which fostered the New Theology controversy.