1st Edition

Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic

ISBN 9781138053205
Published March 29, 2017 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Oliver Chase Quick (1885-1944) was one of the foremost and most widely read British theologians of his day. Oliver Quick and the Quest for a Christian Metaphysic presents the first major study of his work. Exploring Quick's understanding of the task of theology, his Christology, sacramental theology and doctrine of God, Hughes explains Quick’s attempt to restructure the idea of divine transcendence. Expanding the narrative of twentieth-century historical theology, this book draws conclusions about shifts in English theology in the last century, particularly the persistence and vitality of a philosophically oriented Anglican theology. Offering fresh insights into twentieth-century English theology and its leading figures, this book will also appeal to those with an interest in philosophical theology, systematic theology and Christian doctrine.



Alexander J. Hughes studied theology at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He has written on diverse topics including Anglican theology in the early twentieth century, liturgy, dialogue with Islam, and the Religious Life. Ordained into the Church of England in 2000, he is now the Archdeacon of Cambridge.


’Oliver Quick was one of the seminal minds of twentieth-century Anglicanism. In a readable and insightful study, Alexander Hughes does a brilliant job of opening up Quick's theology once again to the modern reader.’ Jeremy Morris, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, UK ’In this excellent and comprehensive introduction to the work of a much neglected figure in twentieth-century English theology, Alexander Hughes offers a beautifully clear and elegant account of an original form of philosophical theology that is not without relevance for the issues facing the church as it faces the question of making the Gospel relevant in the contemporary world. Quick’s critical orthodoxy, rooted as it is in the traditional Anglican balance between Scripture, Tradition and Reason, remains an attractive solution to the tensions of modern theology.’ Mark D. Chapman, University of Oxford, UK ’Oliver Quick’s critical orthodoxy, which has gathered dust in recent decades as various other theological tides have flowed and ebbed, re-emerges in this book as a vital resource for contemporary theology. His fresh and direct style, and the vigour of his thought, are brought beautifully to light by Alexander Hughes, whose clarity and energy serve his subject well.’ Ben Quash, King's College London, UK