Archbishop Glenn Davies returned to Westminster Theological Seminary in May – having studied there in the mid-1970s – to attend the seminary’s 87th graduation ceremony, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate.
The president of Westminster, in bestowing this award for exceptional contributions in the fields of ministry and academics, declared: “For your long and dedicated service to the ministry of the word, the life of the church and the true gospel proclaimed, we are pleased to bestow upon you the degree of Doctor of Divinity”. Also honoured with Dr Davies was American scholar and political scientist Dr James Skillen.
Established in Philadelphia in 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary has been a leading centre for theological study. It was founded by Princeton scholar Dr J. Gresham Machen – the author of the landmark work Christianity and Liberalism – along with Professors Oswald T. Allis and Cornelius Van Til.
Dr Davies was awarded a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology, both with first class honours, at Westminster in 1979.
Dr Davies was also invited to deliver the address to the 126 graduating students of the seminary. He said it was a “great honour to be invited to deliver the address at the ceremony, but to receive Westminster’s highest academic accolade was an incredible privilege and a humbling experience”.