Turn your eyes upon Jesus - Tribute to Broughton Knox
by Sir Marcus Loane
Broughton Knox, Principal of Moore College 1959-1985, former President of the ACL, and leading theologian died in Sydney on January 14th 1994.
Broughton was born in an Adelaide rectory but grew up as a son of this Diocese.
was always fonder of books than of games, and read books beyond his
years as a schoolboy.
soon began to make his
voice heard in the Diocesan Synod and Standing Committee
When he became a member of General Synod in 1954, he was promptly placed on the Constitution Committee.
office as Principal of Moore College
in February 1985 but he
continued to lecture in Theology on a part-time basis for four more years.
Dr Knox at George Whitefield College, Cape Town
dedication both to theology and the training of men led to a new venture for God.
He left Sydney in January 1989 to go and found a new Theological College in South Africa.
was 72 years old and he
went out to serve a small embattled Church - a Church in a country racked by political turmoil and racial violence.
and Ailsa took up residence in Kalk Bay and opened George Whitefield College
for black and white.
had to struggle for funds, for books for the library, for housing for students.
When he retired four years later, in December '92, he left the College as a steady going concern.
was a theologian who brought a fresh and original mind to his
Is there perhaps some special text that sums up all that he
I choose one of many because it points to the grand and constant theme of all his
God has spoken, we must listen - and Broughton
made this abundantly clear to the last day.
The God who spoke by the prophets revealed Himself in the fullest degree in the Son whom he
If we would know what God is like, we must hear His
voice in his
Word and see His
Face in his
And for Broughton
Earthly things have passed away, now he
knows even as he
had a profound influence on the shape of the Anglican Church
in Sydney and further afield.
As a lecturer at Moore College, and then as Principal for 26 years, Dr. Knox (in conjunction with others, notably Bishops Marcus Loane and Donald Robinson) brought a quiet revolution to an already strongly evangelical diocese.
Others will evaluate Dr. Knox's
contribution to theology (e.g. see the article by Dr. Robert Doyle to be published in The Briefing).
Whatever one thought of Broughton Knox
, all will agree that he
was a servant of God who always sought to turn others to the Lord Jesus Christ and his
We can thank God for DBK and for the legacy he
has left us.