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John Scott Lidgett

(1854—1953) Methodist minister and local politician


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John Scott Lidgett was born in Lewisham on 10 August 1854 and died in Epsom on 16 June 1953. The grandson of the famous minister and educationalist, John Scott, he was amongst the first generation of ministers for whom a university education was more easily available. Graduating in philosophy, he entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1876. His career embraced pioneering social work in the Bermondsey Mission (amidst the demands of which, rather than the relative leisure of a theological college or university department, much of his scholarship was carried on), profound theological writing, the presidency of the Wesleyan Conference in 1908 and of the first Conference of reunited Methodism in 1932, the chairmanship of the London SW District, from which he had to be asked to retire in 1948, at the age of ninety-four, and a key role in the early stages of the Ecumenical movement. He played as important a role as anyone in the emergence of Wesleyan Methodism from the relative spiritual, theological and ecclesiastical ghetto in which it had lived for much of the nineteenth century into the broader stream of national and ecumenical life.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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