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Dr John Maiden

I studied history as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester and then pursued doctoral research at the University of Stirling under the supervision of Professor D. W. Bebbington. I became a research assistant (later associate) in the Religious Studies department of the Open University in 2009. I was then appointed to a full lectureship in January 2012. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a council member of the Church of England Record Society.

My research, teaching and supervision relates to the history of religion in Britain, and also the wider North Atlantic world, in the twentieth century. I have been particularly interested in the nexus between religion and national identity, and a monograph, National Religion and the Prayer Book Controversy, 1927-27, examined Anglican liturgical revision. My current research focuses are:

  1. Anglican evangelicalism in the twentieth century (I am co-editor of the forthcoming collection of essays Anglican Evangelicalism and the Church of England in the Twentieth Century to be published by Boydell Press).
  2. The post-war British churches, religious diversity and sharing and selling church buildings.
  3. The emergence and development of the Anglican charismatic renewal movement in England; and global Anglican charismatic networks (including ‘Sharing of Ministries Abroad’ and ‘Anglican Renewal Ministries’).

I am also engaged in knowledge transfer/public engagement work with religious groups in London. Between 2009 and 2011 I was RA for the AHRC-funded Building on History: the Church in London project (in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of London), and then from 2011-2012 I was Co-Investigator for Building on History: Religion in London (with selected Jewish, Muslim, Black Majority Church, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic groups).

Download the project report on the earlier Building on History: Church in London project [PDF, 11.4 MB]

I am currently course chair for AA307 Religion in History: Conflict, Conversion and Co-existence, and a member of the course team for AA100 The Arts Past and Present, A217 From Enlightenment to Romanticism, c 1780-1830, and A332 Why is Religion Controversial? Since 2012 I have been Director of Teaching for Religious Studies.


(Co-edited with Andrew Atherstone) Anglican Evangelicals in the Church of England in the Twentieth Century, Studies in Modern British Religious History (Woodbridge, forthcoming, 2013)

'Integrating Historical Research and Contemporary Religion: the Building on History projects' in Linda Woodhead (ed.), Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion: Research in Practice (Oxford, forthcoming).

‘The Prayer Book Controversy’ in P. Nockles et al, The Oxford Handbook to the Oxford Movement (Oxford, forthcoming).

‘Fundamentalism and Anti-Catholicism in Interwar English Evangelicalism’ in David Bebbington and David Ceri Jones (eds.), Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism: The Experience of the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2013).

‘Parliament, the Church of England and the last gasp of political Protestantism, 1963-64’, Parliamentary History, 32/1 (2013), pp. 361-377.

'Confronting Rome: Martin Lloyd-Jones, British Evangelicalism and Catholicism' in David Ceri Jones and Andrew Atherstone (eds.), Martin Lloyd-Jones: Life and Legacy (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2011).

National Religion and the Prayer Book Controversy, 1927-28 (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2009).

‘English Evangelicals, Protestant National Identity and Anglican Prayer Book Revision, 1927-28’, Journal of Religious History, 34/4 (2010), pp. 430-445.

‘Discipline and Comprehensiveness: Anglican Prayer Book Revision in the 1920s’, Studies in Church History, Vol. 43 (2007), pp. 377-87.

See also Open Research Online for further details of John Maiden’s research publications.

National Religion and the Prayer Book Controversym 1927-1928 book cover
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