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Issue 468, 4 June 2001


Adrian Hastings

Adrian Hastings died on 30 May 2001

Adrian 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.

His 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).

Adrian was known for his tenacity and plain speaking, and for turning the fortunes of the Department when it was decreasing in size and status.

We extend our condolences to his wife Ann.

Professor Kim Knott

A memorial service to Professor Hastings is to be held on 22 September. See details here


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