About the Hughes Lecture Series

The Philip Edgcumbe Hughes Lecture Series honors Philip Edgcumbe Hughes – teacher, author, and friend of The Chapel of the Cross in its formative years. The Chapel initiated the lecture series in 1991 to further and promote understanding of Christian anthropology, doctrine, history, and theology in an Anglican context. It is presented in part through an endowed gift in memory of Charles and Shirley Bucy.


Philip Edgcumbe Hughes

The life of evangelical theologian Dr. Philip Edgcumbe Hughes spanned four continents. He was born in 1915 at Sydney, Australia, and grew up in South Africa. He earned his first degree there just before the start of World War II. He belonged to the Church of England in South Africa to which he briefly served as a minister, and he was a commissary to its presiding bishop until his death on May 1, 1990, at age 75.

In 1940, he went to England to attend Tyndale Hall, Bristol, where he was ordained in 1941. After some years of pastoral work he returned to Tyndale Hall in 1947, as tutor and then vice-principal. Geoffrey Bromiley and Stafford Wright were also staff at this time; the three created a reputation for Tyndale Hall as a conservative evangelical college with a serious interest in theology and a loyalty to historic Anglicanism.

In 1953 he left Tyndale Hall to become for three years secretary of the Church Society. After further pastoral and literary work, he left England in 1964 for the United States. The remainder of his ministry occurred here. He taught in various American seminaries, including Dallas Theological Seminary.

As a staunch Anglican, he sought to strengthen the cause of orthodoxy. In the inner councils of the Evangelical and Catholic Mission and of the Episcopal Synod of America, his wise advice was increasingly sought by conservative Anglicans. Those seeking his counsel included founding members of The Chapel of the Cross, which lead to the establishment of the Philip Edgcumbe Hughes Lecture Series in his honor.

Dr. Hughes was a true scholar. His Greek was excellent, and two of his chief books are commentaries on 11 Corinthians and Hebrews. In doctrine, his great work is The True Image, on the Christian doctrine of man. He wrote studies on precursors of the Reformers: Lefevre: Pioneer of Ecclesiastical Renewal in France and an unpublished thesis on Pico della Mirandola. He translated Marcel's Biblical Doctrine of Infant Baptism. For some years he ably edited The Churchman.