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Church – Bishop David Jenkins

November 2016

The controversial former Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins, died in September 2016.

Bishop Jenkins, who was enthroned in Durham in 1984 and served until 1994, was a prominent figure during the time of the bitter miners’ strike in the 1980s, and well known for supporting workers against unfair practices.

However, he was also known among the Bible-believing community for his often heretical statements, once famously saying he did not think the virgin birth of Jesus happened as the Gospels stated.

He was born of Welsh parents on 26 January 1925. Aged 12, he professed faith at an evangelical Crusader class and went home, apparently thinking to himself, ‘I don’t suppose this will last’.