Geoffrey Lampe: Papers

Scope and Content

Papers, mostly unpublished lectures, talks and sermons, including English texts of lectures at Anglo-Scandinavian conferences, files on the ordination of women, an open letter on exorcism, and the investigation of a theological college.

[1] 51 lectures, papers and talks, arranged by subject: Jesus Christ; Holy Spirit; Gospels and The Bible; sacraments; creeds and credal statements; Early Church; Christian life, theology and theological teaching; Church history; translation and edition of Sulpicius Severus, Chronica, book I, ch. 42-54; and early drafts of God as Spirit.

[2] Anglo-Scandinavian theological conferences, papers, 1934-79. [2/1] Papers on conferences, 1933-63, including lectures and letters of Leslie S. Hunter, Bishop of Sheffield; [2/2] Conference, 1965, lectures by English and Scandinavian theologians, in English; [2/3] Conference, 1967; [2/4] Conference, Jrvenp, Finland, 1969; [2/5] Conference, Durham, 1971; [2/6] Conference, Graninge, Sweden, 1973; [2/7] Conference, Canterbury, 1975; [2/8] Conference, Utstein, Norway, 1977; and [2/9] English/Scandinavian group on creation, new creation and the unity of the Church, section I, papers, undated.

[3] Files on particular subjects: [3/1] Ordination of women, Memorandum of Anglican Group, 'The Question of women and Holy Orders', with Lampe's notes, newscuttings and conference programme, 1973; [3/2] World Council of Churches, Commission on faith and order, papers of working committee, 1965-67; [3/3] Speech to General Synod on the report 'The use of Church properties for community activities in multi-racial areas', 1973; [3/4] Lampe's investigation of 'St. Aidan's College. An ecumenical centre for religious studies', Willey, Shropshire, and its Principal, Robert Peters, 1974-76: report, college prospectus, and c.100 items of correspondence, including letters from Gordon Rupp, David Carey (Lee, Bolton and Lee), J. Stokes (Local Examinations Syndicate), Bernard Palmer (Church Times), Bishop of Lichfield, Leslie Francis (Cambridge, Dept. of Education), M. Kok, Archbishop of Utrecht, H.R.T. Brandreth, Bishop of Shrewsbury (R.C.), Bishop of Hereford, Lord Alexander (Association of Education Committees), Alec Graham (Lincoln Theological College), and Hugh Trevor-Roper;[3/5] 'Exorcism', 1975: an open letter to Church of England authorities on exorcism in the ministry of healing by Don Cupitt and Geoffrey Lampe; correspondence on the composition of the letter, signatures of clergymen supporting the letter, and letters from clergymen unwilling to sign; and [3/6] Sun Moon (Unification Church): letters, pamphlets, articles, and summaries of the beliefs of the Unification Church.

[4] Notes for lectures, articles, etc. Notes for a seminar on deacons; invitation to present BBC Radio's 'Thought for the day', 1972, with texts of four talks by Hugh Montefiore on 'Jesus Christ the Son of God'; notes for an article on salvation; notes on original sin; notes on the New Testament, Fathers, and Arianism for 'doctrine'; and notes on Church and state in the Roman Empire.

Administrative / Biographical History

Geoffrey William Hugo Lampe (1912-80), theologian, was Chaplain and Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, 1945-53; Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, Birmingham University, 1953-59; Ely Professor of Divinity, Cambridge, 1959-70; and Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge, 1970-79. He advocated the ordination of women in the Church of England and ecumenical co-operation between Churches, and was a leading figure in Anglo-Scandinavian theological conferences. He delivered the Bampton Lectures, God as Spirit, at Oxford in 1975-76.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Divinity Faculty Library, 1995.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. A catalogue is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.