Birthdays on December 23
Robert Barclay, the most prominent theologian in the early Quaker church, was born in Gordonstoun, Scotland. In his early days, Barclay fought under Gustavus Adolphus and served as a Scottish member of the British Parliament. Following his father into the Quaker organization in 1667, he became their main defender. His Apology for the True Christian Religion (1676) is considered a classic exposition of Quaker principles.
Handley Carr Glyn Moule was born at Fordington, England. Ordained in 1867, he pastored at his father's church in Dorset from 1867-80. He succeeded B. F. Westcott as Bishop of Durham. This theologian believed in the authority of the Scripture, and was associated with the Keswick Movement in his latter years. A profound scholar, he could nonetheless speak and write for ordinary people. Bishop Moule published commentaries on nearly all the Pauline Epistles.