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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


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