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Dr John Maiden

Profile summary

  • Lecturer in Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Religious Studies
  • john.maiden

Professional biography

I was an undergraduate history student at the University of Manchester and then completed a history PhD, supervised by David Bebbington, at the University of Stirling in 2008. My first academic post was as a Research Associate in Religious Studies at the Open University in 2009. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Religious Studies in January 2012.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a council member of the Church of England Record Society.

Research interests

I am interested in religious history, in Britain and the North Atlantic world, and also from international and transnational perspectives. Current focuses include:

  • Transnational charismatic ‘renewal’ networks, particularly within the ‘mainline’ denominations; the charismatic movement in Britain.
  • The post-war British churches and religious diversity;
  • Evangelicalism in the twentieth century;
  • Black Christianity in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s;
  • 'Public' religious history and engagement of historians of religion with practitioner individuals, institutions and organisations. I was Co-I for the AHRC-funded 'Building on History: Religion in London' project.

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



'"What could be more Christian than to allow the Sikhs to use it?" Church Redundancy and Minority Religion in Bedford, 1977-78', Christians and Religious Plurality, Studies in Church History Vol 51 (Woodbridge, forthcoming).

(Co-edited with Andrew Atherstone) Anglican Evangelicals in the Church of England in the Twentieth Century, Studies in Modern British Religious History (Woodbridge, forthcoming, 2014)

'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).

'Watson, David Christopher Knight (1933-1984), Church of England clergyman, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, January 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 my research publications.

Teaching interests

I am course chair for AA307 Religion in History: Conflict, Conversion and Co-existence and a member of the course teams for:

AA100 The Arts Past and Present

A217 From Enlightenment to Romanticism, c 1780-1830

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Connected Communities & Design Highlight: Empowering Design Practices: historic places of worship as catalysts for connecting communities

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201430/Sep/2019AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Empowering Design Practices is a five-year research project exploring historic places of worship and their potential as community resources. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and includes the following partners: The Open University, Historic England, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Glass-House Community Led Design. Through this collaboration, the project aims to explore how community-led design can help empower those who look after historic places of worship to create more open, vibrant and sustainable places that respect and enhance the heritage. The project also aims to build national capacity for community-led design practice by developing open educational resources and training for design students, communities, as well as the professionals and support bodies who work with them. More information:


Parliament, the Church of England and the last gasp of political protestantism, 1963-4 (2013)
Maiden, John and Webster, Peter
Parliamentary History, 32(2) (pp. 361-377)
English evangelicals, protestant national identity, and Anglican Prayer Book revision, 1927–1928 (2010-12)
Maiden, John G.
Journal of Religious History, 34(4) (pp. 430-445)
National religion and the Prayer Book controversy, 1927-28 (2009-11-19)
Maiden, John
Studies in Modern British Religious History
ISBN : 9781843835219 | Publisher : The Boydell Press | Published : Woodbridge, UK
Fundamentalism and Anti-Catholicism in Inter-War English Evangelicalism (2013-10-03)
Maiden, John
In: Bebbington, David and Jones, David Ceri eds. Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century (pp. 151-170)
ISBN : 9780199664832 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Strange encounters? Integrating historical research and contemporary religion. The Building on History: the Church in London project (2013)
Maiden, John
In: Woodhead, Linda ed. Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion ((In Press))
Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Lloyd-Jones and Roman Catholicism (2011)
Maiden, John
In: Atherstone, Andrew and John, David Ceri eds. Engaging with Martin Lloyd-Jones (pp. 232-260)
ISBN : 9781844745531 | Publisher : Apollos | Published : Leicester
Discipline and Comprehensiveness: the Church of England and Prayer Book Revision in the 1920s (2007-07-19)
Maiden, John G.
In: Cooper, Kate and Gregory, Jeremy eds. Discipline and Diversity . Studies in Church History (43) (pp. 377-387)
ISBN : 9780954680930 | Publisher : Boydell and Brewer | Published : Woodbridge
'What could be more Christian than to allow the Sikhs to use it?' Church Redundancy and Minority Religion in Bedford, 1977-8 (2015-05-21)
Maiden, John
In : Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference (17-20 July 2013, Chichester University)
Building on History: the Church in London online resource guide (2010-07)
Maiden, John; Wolffe, John; Burns, Arthur; Evans, Neil and Kelly, Declan
Web resource