During his student days, Ian developed an interest in Church History, and embarked in 1971 on a Doctorate of Philosophy as a part-time post-graduate student at New College, Edinburgh. The thesis was on The Relationship of Man to God in the writings of Tertullian – a second century lawyer who was converted in his thirties and who gave the remainder of his life to teaching in the Church in Carthage. The Ph.D. degree was awarded in 1980.
Ian’s interest in Tertullian continued and he has given papers at the International Conference on Patristic Studies, held in Oxford every four years. They have published all the papers that he gave at the Conferences – the first from the 1975 Conference (The fate of the soul in induced abortion in the writings of Tertullian) and the last from the 2003 Conference (Tertullian’s religious beliefs before his conversion). These and others are available for download, below. His paper for the 2015 Conference will be available when published.
Tertullian’s beliefs before conversion
Tertullian on and off the internet
Tertullian’s description of the heathen
In 2008, Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh celebrated its two hundredth anniversary. Ian, who had been an elder there since 1965 and Church Secretary from 1980 to 2000, wrote a history and also put a lot of additional information onto a CD which went with the book. For a download with the text of the Charlotte Chapel History without the photographs but with footnotes click here.
Copies of the printed book, with the CD, are available at £5 plus postage:
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Revival in Rose Street
Additional material for download:
To see the “Charlotte Chapel History in 10-minutes” film click here.
For the appendix photo-galleries click here.
When it seemed, in the summer of 1940, that Britain might be invaded by German forces, a cousin in Hamilton, Ontario, pressed the family to be his guests for the duration of the war. After initial reluctance, Ian’s mother accepted the invitation and in August 1940 took Ian and his brother William to Hamilton, returning to Edinburgh in August 1944. Francis Balfour stayed in Edinburgh and the diary which he wrote during these years is available to download below. Please allow a couple of minutes for download as these are large documents.