Charles Bigg

1840-1908. Classical scholar and theologian. He had a varied career as a teacher in Oxford University and public schools, as a minister, and as regius professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford from 1901. Besides a commentary on Peter and Jude (1901) and editions of several classics of Christian spirituality, he wrote works on early Christian history which, though dated, all still valuable. His Bampton Lectures, The Christian Platonists of Alexandria (1886), reveal much of his own humane piety and critical freedom, as well as his erudition. The Origins of Christianity (1909) is also noteworthy.