Knox College, Toronto

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Knox College is a postgraduate theological college of the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1844 as part of a schism movement in the Church of Scotland following the Disruption. Knox is presently affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Canada and confers doctoral degrees as a member school of the Toronto School of Theology. The convener of the Board of Governors of Knox College is Stephanie Ling.


Controversy arising from the issue of state control in the Church of Scotland led to the Disruption of 1843 and the establishment of the Free Church of Scotland. In response, several Presbyterian ministers and congregations within the Canadian synod of the Church of Scotland switched their affiliation to the new denomination. Queen's College, a Presbyterian seminary in Kingston, decided in 1844 to remain affiliated with the Church of Scotland, prompting some of its students to defect and establish Knox College in Toronto. Named for Scottish Reformation theologian John Knox, the new college became affiated with the Free Church.

The first class included 14 students and took place on November 5, 1844, in the home of Rev. Henry Esson on James...
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