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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
MATTHEWS, Very Reverend Walter Robert (1881-1973)
Created [1908]-1973
Level of description
collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 boxes or 0.03 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

Matthews, Walter Robert, 1881-1973, Anglican Clergyman

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1881; educated Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell and King's College London; Curate at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, and St Peter, Regents Square; Assistant Chaplain, Magdalen Hospital; Lecturer in Philosophy, 1908-1918, and in Dogmatic Theory, 1909-1918, King's College London; Vicar of Christ Church, Crouch End, 1916-1918; Dean of King's College, London, 1918-1932; Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, King's College London, 1918-1931; Chaplain to Gray's Inn, London, 1920; Member of Senate, University of London, 1921; examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford; Boyle Lecturer, 1920-1922; Chaplain to King George V, 1923-1931; White Lecturer, 1927; Noble Lecturer, 1928; Wilde Lecturer, 1929; Preacher to Gray's Inn, 1929; Dean of Exeter, 1931-1934; Dean of St Paul's, London, 1934; Canon Theologian of Liverpool Cathedral, 1932; KCVO, 1935; Warburton Lecturer, 1938; Fellow of King's College, London, 1918; Fellow of the Royal Society, London, 1948; Fellow, Westfield College, University of London, 1948; died 1973.

Publications: Anglo-Catholicism of today (Philip Allan, London, 1934); Three sermons on human nature and a dissertation upon the nature of virtue...with introduction, analyses and notes by W R Matthews (London, 1914); The Lord's Prayer. An exposition for today (Hodder and Stoughton, London, [1958]); Biblical principles and social progress (B & F B S, London, [1945]); Christ (Blackie and Son, London and Glasgow, 1939); Christian meditations (Daily Telegraph, London, 1974); Claude Montefiore, the man and his thought (University of Southampton, Southampton, 1956); Does God speak? ; Dogma in history and thought: studies by various writers (Nisbet and Co, London, 1929); Essays in construction (Nisbet and Co, London, 1933); Following Christ (Longmans, London, 1940); God and evolution (London, 1926); God in Christian thought and experience (Nisbet and Co, London, 1930); Is God a person? (Hodder and Stoughton, London, [1924]); King's College Lectures on immortality (University of London Press, London, 1920); Memories and meanings (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1969); Our faith in God (Student Christian Movement Press, London, 1936); Our war for freedom. An address to Christians. A broadcast on the Day of National Prayer, October 8, 1939 (Nisbet, London, 1939); Problems of Christian belief ; Psychical research and theology (Society for Psychical Research, London, 1940); Reason in religion...the Essex Hall Lecture (Lindsey Press, London, [1950]); Saint Paul's Cathedral in wartime, 1939-1945 (Hutchison and Co, London, 1946); Seven Words (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1933); Signposts to God [broadcast addresses] (Student Christian Movement Press, London, 1938); Some Christian words (George Allen and Unwin, London, 1956); Some modern problems of faith (Cassell and Co, London, 1928); Strangers and pilgrims. Some sermons preached during the war (Nisbet and Co, London, 1945); The hope of immortality (Student Christian Movement Press, London, 1936); The idea of revelation (London, 1923); The moral issues of the war (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1940); The problem of Christ in the twentieth century. An essay on the Incarnation (Oxford University Press, London, 1950); The psychological approach to religion (Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1925); The purpose of God (Nisbet and Co, London, 1935); The religious philosophy of Dean Mansel (Oxford University Press); The search for perfection (S.P.C.K, London, 1957); The thirty-nine articles (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1961); The year through Christian eyes (Epworth press, London, 1970); Week by week. A year's reflections (Faith Press, London, 1952); What is man? Five broadcast addresses (Clarke and Co, London, 1940); What is man? The religious vocation of science (Nisbet and Co, London, [1932]); A history of St Paul's Cathedral and the men associated with it (Phoenix House, London, 1957); Problems of worship (University Press, Cambridge, 1943-); William Temple: an estimate and an appreciation (James Clarke and Co, London, 1946); Recovery starts within. The book of the mission to London (Oxford University Press, London, 1949); Studies in Christian Philosophy: being the Boyle lectures (Macmillan and Co, London, 1921); The adventures of Gabriel in his search for Mr Shaw (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1933); The British philosopher as writer (Oxford University Press, London, 1955); editor of The Christian faith: essays in explanation and defence (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1936); The foundations of peace (Eyre and Spotiswoode, London, 1942); The Gospel and the modern mind (Macmillan and Co, London, [1925]).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred by the Theology Department, 1982.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Lecture notebooks, [1908-1932], mainly concerning the spread of Christianity, the philosophy of religion and the concepts of evolution and immortality; typed lecture texts, 1919, on systematic theology, including the standards of doctrinal teaching, the Christian doctrines of the Incarnation and justification; texts of sermons comprising addresses by Matthews at funeral and memorial services, 1949-1960, and a file of sermons by others, 1946-1973, notably 'What do we owe to the Bible' by the Very Reverend William Ralph Inge, Dean of St Paul's, London.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original information should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed handlist available in hard copy in the College Archive reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College Archives also holds correspondence, 1972-1973, relating to Matthews' memorial appeal for funds to support the establishment of the F D Maurice Chair of Moral and Social Theology (ref: 1985 KFT/3).

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • Ancient religions
  • Christianity
  • Religions
  • Religious doctrines
  • Religious texts
  • Sermons
  • Theology

Personal names

  • Inge, William Ralph, 1860-1954, Dean of St Paul's
  • Matthews, Walter Robert, 1881-1973, Anglican Clergyman

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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