Bishop Rayner's Thesis
Bishop Rayner's thesis has been transcribed from the original by the Records and Archives Centre, with kind permission of the author.
About Bishop Rayner
Keith Rayner was born in Brisbane in 1929 and educated at the Church of England Grammar School, the University of Queensland and St Francis' Theological College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and gained his Licentiate in Theology in 1953. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1963 for his thesis The History of the Church of England in Queensland.
In 1953, Keith was ordained deacon and priest in Brisbane and he served within the diocese as Chaplain to St Francis' College, Member of the Brotherhood of St John at Dalby and Vice-Warden of St John's College, Brisbane. He was parish priest at Sunnybank and Wynnum in Brisbane, Chaplain to the Postulants' Guild and Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Brisbane.
In 1969, Keith Rayner was appointed Bishop of Wangaratta and was translated to be the Archbishop of Adelaide in 1975. He then moved to Melbourne to become the Archbishop in 1990, retiring from full time active duty in 1999. He was acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 1989 to 1991, and then Primate until his retirement.
Keith has served as Chairman of the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission and as President of the Christian Conference of Asia. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1987.
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