Michael Green

Michael Green

British theologian, Anglican priest, Christian apologist
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Michael Green
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career and Later Life

Biography of Michael Green

Michael Green, a British theologian, Anglican priest, Christian apologist, and author of over fifty Christian books, was born as Edward Michael Banks Green in 1930. He served as a missionary under church canons at Holy Trinity Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, until 2007. Green is a prolific writer, with a large portion of his works written for a popular audience, although he has also contributed to the development of academic research. Many of his works discuss the dual themes of evangelism and apologetics.

One of his theological goals is to bring the good news to people in order to expand their trust and help them begin to share their beliefs on faith issues with others. At a higher level, Michael made a valuable contribution to the academic study of the practical and theoretical aspects of evangelism in his book 'Evangelism in the Early Church'. This work explores evangelistic preaching through the New Testament texts and the teachings of the early church fathers.

In his works, the Anglican priest examines various objections regarding religious hypocrisy, pluralism, and sheds light on popular issues of disbelief and doubts in the existence of God. He studied the testimonies of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in two of his works. His latest work, 'Fiction and Truth in The Da Vinci Code', is a strong argument in favor of Orthodox Christianity against Gnosticism. He argues that Gnosticism leads to a decline in morality, providing an example of the consecration of a homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States. In his books, Michael also discusses discipleship in Christian life, ministry and leadership in the church, teachings on baptism, pneumatology, and demonology.

Early Life and Education

Michael's mother was Australian, and his father was Welsh. He graduated from Clifton College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a Master's degree in 1956 from Exeter College, Oxford. He later became a Bachelor of Arts in 1957. In 1961, he obtained his Master's degree and a Bachelor of Theology in 1966 from Queen's College, Cambridge, preparing for ordination as a priest at Ridley Hall Theological College. Green was admitted to a Doctor of Theology degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the University of Toronto, and he was ordained a deacon in 1957 and a priest in 1958.

Green served as an assistant priest at the Holy Trinity Brompton from 1957 to 1960, a tutor at London College of Theology from 1960 to 1996, rector of St. John's College, Nottingham, from 1969 to 1975, and the principal of St. Aldate's College, Oxford, from 1975 to 1986. Additionally, Michael was an honorary canonical priest of Coventry Cathedral from 1970 to 1978.

Career and Later Life

Michael then moved to Canada, where he became a professor of evangelism at Regent College, Vancouver, from 1987 to 1992. He returned to England and took on the role of advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York. In 1993, Green was appointed one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral. Despite officially retiring in 1996, Michael became a senior research fellow and director of evangelism and apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, in 1997, and currently resides in Marston village. The theologian is married to Rosmary, and the couple has four adult children: Sarah, Jenny, Tim, and Jonathan.