*** DEBUG END ***

The Revd Thomas Henry Louis Parker

10 June 2016

The Revd Paul Hunt writes:

Further to your obituary of the Revd T. H. L. Parker (Gazette, 20 May), I had the good fortune to have had Dr Parker as my tutor for three years at Durham. Quite apart from personal kindnesses and hospitality, he was an inspiring teacher who taught independence of thought and clarity of writing.

I have always remembered his words that a sound idea can usually be expressed simply, and that something difficult to understand probably meant that the idea was not sound.

The weekly tutorial always included Greek translation, and, for one term, listening to a 15-minute episode of Right Ho, Jeeves on the radio. I treasure an inscribed copy of his biography of Calvin, in which he has written Calvin’s words that “The only way to restore and maintain sound doctrine is to set Christ before our eyes, just as he is.”

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Train-a-Priest Fund 2022 Appeal

Please consider a donation to TAP Africa this year. Every penny you can give goes to ordinands in Africa who face financial difficulty, to support them as they complete their training. 

Donate online

Read more about this year's appeal

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four* articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)

*Until the end of June: we’re doubling the number of free articles to eight, to celebrate the publication of our Platinum Jubilee double issue.