What Manner of Man was James Harrison Rigg?

John T. Smith

in Methodism and Education, 1849–1902

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269649
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683725 | DOI:
What Manner of Man was James Harrison Rigg?

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Dr. Rigg retired from his position as the principal of Westminster Training College at the end of 1902, and he spent seven more years in retirement before he died in 1909. Although he was recognized to be unapproachable during his last years, his last few days at the College allowed him to exhibit his sense of humour. Rigg's personal humility was demonstrated in how he refused to make his autobiography. Also, we see that he had great love and dedication for his wife whose death proved to be a great blow for him. During his requirement, he continued to actively participate in education issues since he occasionally wrote to the Press regarding how the Bible should be included in the curriculum and how training and work should be based on the Christian faith. This concluding chapter summarizes the fundamental characterizations of James Harrison Rigg and his contributions to both the church and education.

Keywords: education; church; Westiminster Training College; Christian faith; Bible

Chapter.  2633 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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