Biography

Currently, there is very little biographic information that has been published on John McIntyre.  However, some basic information is readily available.  He lived from 1916-2005.  His education began at Bathgate Academy before going to university at Edinburgh, where he received a First Class Honors degree in Mental Philosophy. During this time he studied under A.E. Taylor and Norman Kemp Smith, the influence of whom can be seen at various junctures in his theological writing. McIntyre continued onto the B.D. and completed his study in 1941.  In 1945, he was married to Jan Buick.  They had three children together.

From 1945-1956 McIntyre served as the Hunter Baillie Chair of Theology as St. Andrew’s College in Sydney.  During this time, McIntyre was active as an educator, administrator, and as a scholar.  He taught a wide variety of subjects to ministry candidates, served part of his time as the Principal of St. Andrew’s College, and it was during this time that he completed his work on St. Anselm.  Additionally, he became something of a public figure in Sydney through a series of public debates with  John Anderson, the atheist philosopher who was the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney at the time.

The year 1956 marked McIntyre’s return to Scotland, where he succeeded John Baillie as the Professor of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh, New College.  From 1968 until his retirement from the university in 1986, McIntyre served in a wide variety of academic and administrative roles in addition to his teaching and research.  He was the Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, the Principal of New College, Principal Warden of Pollock Halls, and the Acting Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

McIntyre received a number of other distinctions over the course of his career.  He served as the Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland, the Dean of the Order of the Thistle, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  In 1982, he served as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  During his term as Moderator, he had the distinction of welcoming John Paul II to speak at the General Assembly.

McIntyre’s life was marked by a wide variety of interests and activities, and his work as a theologian is marked by his rich background.  His careful scholarship, tactful leadership, and pastoral focus are all facets of his legacy.

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