Friday, December 27, 2013

What About Those who Have Never Heard the Gospel or Know What it Really Means?

By Ted Schroder,
December 29, 2013

Sir Norman Anderson was a member of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London when I was on staff there. He was sixty years old and at the summit of a distinguished career. When I knew him he was Professor of Oriental Laws in the University of London, Head of the Department of Law in the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. In addition he was the senior layman in the Church of England being Chairman of the Hour of Laity of the General Synod.

He began his career as a missionary in Egypt where he spent 8 years learning Arabic at the American University in Cairo. During World War II he was Arab Liaison for the Libyan Arab Force and then Secretary for Arab Affairs in the General Head Quarters for the Middle East. His obituary in The Times of London when he died in 1994 described him as a polymath: a person of encyclopedic learning, or of great learning in several fields of study. As a 'wet behind the ears' young preacher I found him quite intimidating.

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