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The Revd Thomas Henry Louis Parker

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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.”

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