Elected: 1983
Discipline: Language, Literature and History
Rev Professor William Owen Chadwick OM KBE FBA HonFRSE
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Owen Chadwick was one of the great religious historians of our time. Remarkable for the wide variety of subjects he treated, he wrote extensively on Christianity and the nature of religion but on many other topics too, including biography and general history. “History tells of the experience of the human race,” he believed, and furthermore, because so much of Western historical thought is grounded in religion, “modern historical consciousness arose within Christendom”.