Henry Allon

(1818—1892) Congregational minister and leader

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Henry Allon was born in Welton, near Hull on 13 October 1818 and died in London on 16 April 1892. He was trained for the Congregational ministry at Cheshunt College under John Harris, Philip Smith and Joseph Sortain. He became assistant at Union Chapel, Islington, in 1844 (James Bennett giving the Introductory Address at his ordination on 12 June), and pastor there from 1852 until his death. He was joint editor with H.R. Reynolds of the British Quarterly Review (1866–77) and sole editor from 1874 until the journal's demise in 1886. His was a distinguished ministry, during which he was, unusually, called twice to the Chair of the Congregational Union of England and Wales (1864, 1881). He was awarded honorary doctorates by Yale (1885) and St Andrews (1891) universities. His preaching was strongly intellectual rather than emotional, and his wider service was especially in the fields of worship, church music and hymnology. Among his many writings, however, is his Christian Evidence Society lecture entitled The Argument for the Supernatural Character of Christianity, from its Existence and Achievements (1872).


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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