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Robert Newton Flew (1886-1962)

Robert Newton Flew was born into a Methodist family at Holsworthy in Devon. Flew was educated at Merton College Oxford, where he was four times a University Prizeman. From Oxford he went on to further study in Germany before entering the Methodist ministry in 1910.

Flew was assistant tutor at Handsworth until 1913 when he was appointed to the Finsbury Park Circuit in London. He served as an army chaplain in Mesopotamia and Persia from 1918 to 1920 and as New Testament Professor in the United Theological College in Bangalore India from 1920 to 1921. After six years as a circuit minister, Flew was appointed tutor at Wesley House, Cambridge, and succeeded Maldwyn Hughes as principal in 1937.

Flew was Select Preacher to Cambridge University in 1942 and 1951 and wrote and lectured extensively on theology. He was elected President of Conference in 1946.

Flew played a vital role in the ecumenical movement in Britain and the growth of the Faith and Order movement.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Methodist Recorder 13 September 1962, p.4

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