Hastings died on 30 May 2001
Hastings held the Chair of Theology from 1985-1994. His
early career was as a priest and teacher in Africa; he
was a Professor in Zimbabwe from 1982-5. Passionately
committed to truth and justice, in 1973, Adrian brought
to world attention the massacres at Wiriyamu in Portuguese
Mozambique and, in 1992, led a campaign against the genocidal
attacks in Bosnia.
time in Leeds was marked by his classic History of
English Christianity, 1920-1985 (later 1920-2000),
and books articulating the painful loyalty of his filial
disobedience to the Roman Catholic church. He made
Leeds a centre for the study of African religion, editing
the Journal of Religion in Africa. His monumental
history of African Christianity from 1450-1950 appeared
in 1994. In his brief retirement Adrian turned to the
study of nationalism with his book, The Construction
of Nationhood (1997), and led a Leeds team in editing
the Oxford Companion to Christian Thought (2000).
was known for his tenacity and plain speaking, and for
turning the fortunes of the Department when it was decreasing
in size and status.
extend our condolences to his wife Ann.
memorial service to Professor Hastings is to be held on
22 September. See details here