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Robinson, John A. T.

Robinson, John A. T. (1919–83). Anglican theologian. Formerly a New Testament scholar at Cambridge, it was as bishop of Woolwich in SE London (1959–69) that he became a public figure. His book Honest to God (1963), which admitted difficulties in traditional understandings of God and prayer, sold 3½ million copies, but also brought accusations of heresy and atheism. His scholarly work was also controversial, particularly that which defended the earliness (pre-66 CE) date of the New Testament documents, particularly the gospel of John.

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