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  • Lecturer in Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Religious Studies
  • john.maiden

Professional biography

I have been a lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University since 2012. My teaching and research expertise is modern religious history. Previously I held a research post at the university, having completed a PhD in History at Stirling, supervised by Professor David Bebbington, in 2008. I was co-investigator for the  AHRC-funded and Times Higher Education award-nominated public engagement project 'Building on History: Religion in London' between 2012 and 2014. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a council member of the Church of England Record Society and committee member for the Religious Archives Group. I  co-convene the Modern Religious History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. I am a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the American Historical Association.

Research interests

My research and supervision interests are the religious history of the North Atlantic world, but also wider transnational Christian movements, in the modern period and in particular the twentieth century. Focuses of research include:

  • Charismatic Christianity in the twentieth century; 
  • Twentieth century evangelicalism;
  • Black Christianity in post-1945 Britain;
  • Protestant anti-Catholicism in the 19th/20th century;
  • The Church of England in the 19th/20th century.

I have been involved in research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Santander Universities and The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. I am currently writing a monograph on the history of the charismatic renewal in transnational perspective. I am one of the authors for the forthcoming special issue of Journal of American Studies, 'Exploring the Global History of American Evangelicalism.' In September 2016 I organised with colleagues the conference 'Charismatic Renewal: Historical Perspectives, 1950-2000'.

Publications

'Evangelicals and Rome' in Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones eds., Ashgate Research Companion to Evangelicalism (forthcoming, 2017).

'Renewing the body of Christ: Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) USA and transnational charismatic Anglicanism, 1978-1998', Journal of American Studies (special edition 'Exploring the Global History of American Evangelicalism'), forthcoming 2017.

‘The Prayer Book Controversy’ in P. Nockles et al, The Oxford Handbook to the Oxford Movement (Oxford, forthcoming, 2017).

'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).

'"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, 2015).

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

‘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 Module Production Chair for A227 (Exploring Religion: Places, Practices, Texts and Experiences), which will have its first presentation in October 2017. I am also on the team producing Level 1 Arts modules. I have previously taught on:

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

Impact and engagement

I am activiely involved in 'public' religious history. I was Co-I for the pioneering AHRC-funded 'Building on History: Religion in London' project (2012-2014). Before this I was research associate for 'Building on History: Religion in London'.

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

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Transnational charismatic renewal and the Anglican Communion, c. 1960-1978

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Aug/201531/Jul/2016THSEC The Historical Society of The Episcopal Church
Grants from both Santander Universities and The Historical Society of The Episcopal Church have supported research on the history of the charismatic ‘renewal’ from a transnational perspective. This movement had from its early stages networks, practices and experiences which transcended national boundaries. The project will eventually result in a research monograph which assesses charismatic renewal from a transnational perspective; examining its sense of global consciousness and its various multi-directional and ‘cosmopolitan’ linkages and flows of leaderships, ideas, key texts, resources, materiality and music. Funds from THSEC have facilitated an archival research visit to the David Allan Hubbard Library, Fuller Theological Seminary, California.

Publications

Renewing the body of Christ: Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) USA and transnational charismatic Anglicanism, 1978-1998 (2017-03-04)
Maiden, John
Journal of American Studies ((In Press))
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