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HUGHES , THOMAS HYWEL ( 1875 - 1945 ), Congregational minister, theologian, and philosopher ;

b. 10 July 1875 , at Penclawdd , Gower , son of Daniel and Ann Hughes . According to the Rev. W. Glasnant Jones , Swansea , Hughes worked for a brief period as a shoemaker in Gowerton before becoming a student at Gwynfryn Academy , Ammanford . Educated at New College and London University where he graduated B.A. , (1st class hons. in Philosophy) and B.D. (1st class hons. in Biblical Theology), he was ordained at Gunnersbury ( 1904 ) where he remained until 1911 ; he moved to Bishop's Stortford ( 1911-22 ), where he wrote his thesis on ‘ The Philosophy of Plotinus ’ for which he was awarded a D.Litt. degree by London University . In 1922 , he was appointed Principal of the Scottish Congregational College , Edinburgh , where he served with great distinction until 1937 . He gained his D.D. (Lond.) for a thesis on ‘ The Hebraic and Hellenic idea of God ’, and was awarded an honorary D.D. by Edinburgh University . Whilst he was Principal he also lectured on various subjects in theology, philosophy of religion, psychology and apologetics ; he became lecturer in the Post-graduate School of Divinity , Edinburgh University , and examiner in the Divinity Faculty of London University .

Apart from his numerous articles in various English periodicals and journals , he published a number of works which are generally regarded as valuable contributions to theological studies, e.g. The New Psychology and Religious Experience ( 1933 ); The Psychology of Preaching and Pastoral Work ( 1939 ); The Philosophic Basis of Mysticism ( 1937 ); Psychology and Religious Origins ( 1936 ); Psychology a Religious Truth ( 1942 ); The Atonement (modern theories of the Doctrine) , the last being published posthumously.

He spent the evening of his life in retirement at Mount Grange , Penyrheol Drive , Sketty , Swansea , where he continued to preach until his death on 14 Aug. 1945 . His wife Nina , dau. of Daniel Owen , pre-deceased him in 1940 . There were no children.


  • The Congregational Year Book , 1946 ;
  • Blwyddiadur yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg , 1946 ;
  • Scottish Congl. College Records, Edinburgh;
  • Who was who? .


Reverend Emeritus Professor John Daniel Vernon Lewis, M.A., B.D., D.D., (1879-1970), Brecon / Aberllefenni / Machynlleth

Published date: 2001