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George Redford

(1785—1860) Congregational minister


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George Redford was born in London on 27 September 1785 and died in Birmingham on 20 May 1860. Trained for the Congregational ministry at Hoxton Academy, he proceeded to Glasgow University (MA 1811), and then entered pastoral charge at Uxbridge (1812–26). His great ministry was as successor to Robert Vaughan at Angel Street, Worcester (1826–56). Redford drafted the moderate Calvinist Declaration of the Faith, Church Order and Discipline of the Congregational or Independent Dissenters which was adopted by the infant Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1833. In the following year Redford was Chairman of the Union. He ardently supported the Bible Society, missionary work and the Anti-Slavery Society. He accepted a public challenge to expose the doctrinal and moral errors of the Roman Church, and for this he was awarded the honorary LL.D. of Glasgow University. He expressed himself in favour of the controversial visit to England of the American evangelist Charles Grandison Finney, of whose Lectures on Systematic Theology (1851) Redford was co-editor. He was made DD of Amherst, Massachusetts.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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