Peter Cameron (minister)

Peter Cameron (Minister)

Peter Cameron (minister)

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Dr. Peter Cameron is a Scottish Presbyterian minister, theologian, lawyer, and although said to be the only churchman to be branded as a heretic in the 20th century for challenging Christian beliefs, was only one of the more notable.

Early life

Cameron was born in 1945 in Scotland, read law at Edinburgh University, and studied theology at Edinburgh and Cambridge before being ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland.


Cameron and his family moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at the beginning of 1991, when he was appointed Principal of St Andrew's College at the University of Sydney, and thus became a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Australia.


In 1993 Dr Cameron was charged with heresy for challenging Christian beliefs, as Samuel Angus, a previous professor at St Andrew's College, had been in the 1930s. Whereas Angus was finally acquitted, Cameron was convicted by the Presbyterian Church of Australia of heresy for disagreeing with the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, he was required "firmly and constantly to adhere thereto and to the utmost of power to maintain and defend", by questioning the writings of Paul in the New Testament.

The charge related to a sermon that he preached on 2 March 1992 called The Place of Women in the Church to 300...
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