William Hugh Clifford Frend 1916–2005

Wolfgang Liebeschuetz

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

William Hugh Clifford Frend 1916–2005

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William Hugh Clifford Frend was one of the world's leading historians of the Early Church. The theme of dissent was always central to his projects of research. The themes Frend investigated usually involved controversy over the nature of the Church and its dealing with diversity, above all the question of whether the Church should set out to be a society of saints, a ‘gathered Church’ as he called it, or a society of both saints and sinners living in the world and making compromises with it. He was obviously also very much interested in different attitudes taken by individual Christians and by different groups of Christians towards ‘the powers that be’.

Keywords: historian; church; biography; obituary

Chapter.  7853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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