The destiny and fervour of Philip Nigel Warrington Robust by Jonathan Holland – Bible Type

The destiny and fervour of Philip Nigel Warrington Robust by Jonathan Holland

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In 1942, the Manchester Guardian published a story about a broadcast by Bishop Strong of New Guinea asking Anglican missionaries to remain in office during the Japanese occupation. This was read by a pastor in Heckmondwike. This pastor was St. David Hand, who eventually succeeded Strong and became the first archbishop of the newly independent Papua New Guinea.

The story of Bishop Strong's flight from New Guinea in early 1942 is like something from Boy’s Own. When Strong and a small group on the church's boat, the Salamaua, fled from the invading Japanese, a seaplane sprayed the boat with gunfire. Stark hurried to safety; A bullet pierced his prayer book. Jonathan Holland came across this relic while researching fate and passion, and it is briefly mentioned. It is a shame that it is not included in the extensive selection of photographs.

Destiny and Passion follows a chronological treatment of Strong & # 39; s life (1899-1983), childhood, wartime and university experience, English tenure, missionary experience in New Guinea, translation to Brisbane, and retirement in Wangaratta.

Strong's war history is treated compassionately, but not uncritically. The stay in New Guinea with the resulting martyrdom triggered strong contemporary reactions. In general, Strong was hailed as an ecclesiastical leader; there was a minority view of him as ruthless. There is a moving description of Strong’s decision to consecrate George Ambo as the first indigenous bishop in 1960.Courtesy of the Records and Archives Center of the Anglican Church in South QueenslandBishop Strong and a villager, Laurence, in a photo dated July 11, 1947 including Ambo's delight in telling the vignette that his grandfather had been a cannibal.

The list of source material does not include Strong's sermon at St. Peter & # 39; s, Eastern Hill, in Melbourne, about the reopening of the New Guinea Martyrs' Window in 1981 after a fire. After the statue of Lucian Tapiedi among the martyrs of the 20th century at the west entrance to Westminster Abbey, the window in St. Peter is the best-known monument to the martyrs in New Guinea.

Holland's reporting of the martyrdom itself refers to John Guise, later PNG's first governor general, and his father Edward, captain of the church boat, the Maclaren king, but not to John's brother Francis. Francis was martyred on the Maclaren king, but was not included in the canonical list of New Guinea martyrs. Stark questioned his decision to exclude Francis Guise from the list of martyrs in his post-war speech to the Australian Church in Out of Great Tribulation, but this is omitted.

The subsequent translation of Strong into the metropolis of Brisbane and the subsequent election to primate was a disappointment to New Guinea. At that point, his conservatism was no longer compatible with contemporary trends. Destiny and Passion rightly focuses on the years in New Guinea.

There are some privately published eccentricities: a peculiar decision not to capitalize "Bible", loose editing and a rather scratchy index (under Strong there is no entry for World War II at all, Lucian Tapiedi is only listed by last name and none of the boats the church will receive an entry). Nevertheless, it is enthusiastically researched and written and worth reading for those who are interested in the very Catholic PNG Church. It is a life that deserves this full treatment, even though Strong's hope that PNG could become the first truly Christian country has not been fulfilled.

Henry Long is a layman in London and related to the Guises.

The fate and passion of Philip Nigel Warrington Strong
Jonathan Holland
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