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Thomas Thornton (c.1541-1629) D.D. was an English Church of England clergyman and academic administrator. [1]

Church of England Anglican state church of England

The Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor. The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.

Thornton received a Bachelor of Divinity degree followed by a Doctor of Divinity degree at Oxford University. He was based at Christ Church, Oxford and was a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He was twice Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford during 1583–4 and 1599–1600. [2] [3] He was also Precentor of Hereford Cathedral from 1573, and Master of the Library there from 1595; he re-organized the library and had new bookcases installed on the model of those in the Bodleian Library [4]

In Western universities, a Bachelor of Divinity or Baccalaureate in Divinity is an undergraduate or postgraduate academic degree awarded for a course taken in the study of divinity or related disciplines, such as theology or, rarely, religious studies. In most modern universities, the BD as a first degree is essentially equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a speciality in divinity. Relatively few institutions award undergraduate Bachelor of Divinity degrees today, and the distinction between institutions that do award such degrees and those that award BA degrees for theological subjects is usually one of bureaucracy rather than curriculum.

Doctor of Divinity advanced or honorary academic degree in divinity

Doctor of Divinity is an advanced or honorary academic degree in divinity.

Christ Church, Oxford constituent college of the University of Oxford in England

Christ Church is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Christ Church is a joint foundation of the college and the cathedral of the Oxford diocese, which serves as the college chapel and whose dean is ex officio the college head.

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References

  1. Charles B. Schmitt (1983). John Case and Aristotelianism in Renaissance England. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 113. ISBN   978-0-7735-1005-0 . Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  2. University of Oxford (1888). "Vice-Chancellors". The Historical Register of the University of Oxford. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 21–27. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  3. "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  4. The Story of Hereford ed. Johnson and Shoesmith 2016
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Hovenden
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
1583–1584
Succeeded by
John Underhill
Preceded by
Thomas Singleton
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
1599–1600
Succeeded by
George Abbot