Peter Taylor Forsyth (1848-1921)

Congregationalist Theologian whose ideas anticipated Karl Barth.

Educated in Aberdeen and Göttingen, "P T" Forsyth trained for the Congregational ministry in Hackney, London and served in a number of congregations including Emmanuel Church Cambridge. He lectured in the United States and became principal of Hackney College which became part of London University. He was chair of the Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1905 and published regularly from 1907 until his death.

"His writings reflect . . . the main elements of his theology: the inadequacy of human reason, the infinite distinction between God and humanity, the reality of human sinfulness, the primacy of the objective over the subjective, the authority of Christ, the power and finality of the cross, the transcendent and prevenient grace of God."
A F Anderson, "Forsyth, Peter Taylor" in Nigel M. de S. Cameron, ed. Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993, p.331f.