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T.E. Ruth (1875-1956: preacher and controversialist)

T.E. Ruth (1875-1956: preacher and controversialist) BAPTIST QUARTERLY BOOK REVIEW T.E. Ruth (1875-1956: preacher and controversialist), Ken R Manley, [Australian College of Theology Monograph Series], Wipf & Stock, Eugene Oregon, 2021, p.349, Softback, £29.00, ISBN 978-1-72252-9960-3. Thomas Ruth was born in Devon to an Anglican-attending family, baptised as a believer and then trained at Bristol Baptist College, He served churches in Southampton, Liver- pool and Southport, building a reputation as a preacher with progressive views and a desire for ecumenical contacts. In 1914 he responded to a call to follow F.C.Spurr at Collins Street, Melbourne. The First World War brought a hardening of some of Ruth’s views - he was profoundly imperialist and pro-War and clashed with the Roman Catholic Archbishop on conscription and Roman Catholic claims. Moving in 1923 to Pitt Street Congregational, Sydney, he exercised a ministry within and beyond the church - a com- municator in the pulpit, in newsprint and on the radio. Unafraid of controversy or stirring hornets’ nests – in 1922 he wrote powerfully and positively about the place of women in church and society and in the 30s he spoke out against the treatment of indigenous Aus- tralians - his views were forthright if not always appreciated and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Baptist Quarterly Taylor & Francis

T.E. Ruth (1875-1956: preacher and controversialist)

Baptist Quarterly , Volume 54 (2): 2 – Apr 3, 2023
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2021 Stephen Copson
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2056-7731
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0005-576X
DOI
10.1080/0005576X.2021.2016265
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BAPTIST QUARTERLY BOOK REVIEW T.E. Ruth (1875-1956: preacher and controversialist), Ken R Manley, [Australian College of Theology Monograph Series], Wipf & Stock, Eugene Oregon, 2021, p.349, Softback, £29.00, ISBN 978-1-72252-9960-3. Thomas Ruth was born in Devon to an Anglican-attending family, baptised as a believer and then trained at Bristol Baptist College, He served churches in Southampton, Liver- pool and Southport, building a reputation as a preacher with progressive views and a desire for ecumenical contacts. In 1914 he responded to a call to follow F.C.Spurr at Collins Street, Melbourne. The First World War brought a hardening of some of Ruth’s views - he was profoundly imperialist and pro-War and clashed with the Roman Catholic Archbishop on conscription and Roman Catholic claims. Moving in 1923 to Pitt Street Congregational, Sydney, he exercised a ministry within and beyond the church - a com- municator in the pulpit, in newsprint and on the radio. Unafraid of controversy or stirring hornets’ nests – in 1922 he wrote powerfully and positively about the place of women in church and society and in the 30s he spoke out against the treatment of indigenous Aus- tralians - his views were forthright if not always appreciated and

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Published: Apr 3, 2023

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