British Baptist Historians 5: David Bebbington

PhD (Cambridge 1973)

1976-1999 Lecturer in History, University of Stirling
1999- Professor of History, University of Stirling
2003-2005 Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University
2006-07 President of the Ecclesiastical History Society.

1982 Laing Lecture, London Bible College
1999 Didsbury Lectures, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester
2000 Drew Lecture, Spurgeon’s College
2006 Laing Lecture, London School of Theology

Major Publications

Patterns in History: A Christian Perspective on Historical Thought (IVP, 1979, Baker, 1990)

The Nonconformist conscience: chapel and politics, 1870-1914 (Allen & Unwin, 1982)

(ed.), The Baptists in Scotland (1988)

Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s (Unwin Hyman, 1989)

William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain (Eerdmans, 1993)

‘Evangelicalism in Its Settings: The British and American Movements since 1940’ in Mark Noll, David Bebbington and George Rawlyk (eds.), Evangelicalism: Comparative Studies of Popular Protestantism in North America, the British Isles and Beyond, 1700-1990 (Oxford, 1994)

‘Gospel and Culture in Victorian Nonconformity’ in Alan Kreider and Jane Shaw (eds.), Culture and Nonconformist Tradition (University of Wales, 1999)

‘Science and Evangelical Theology in Britain from Wesley to Orr’ in David N. Livingstone et al (eds.), Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (Oxford, 1999)

Holiness in Nineteenth-Century England. The 1998 Didsbury Lectures (Paternoster, 2000)

(ed.), The Gospel in the World: International Baptist Studies (Paternoster, 2002)

‘Evangelism and Spirituality in Twentieth-Century Protestant Nonconformity’ in Alan P. F. Sell and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Protestant Nonconformity in the Twentieth Century (Paternoster, 2002)

‘The Democratization of British Christianity: The Baptist Case 1770-1870’ in Anthony R. Cross (ed.), Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

(ed.) with Timothy Larsen, Modern Christianity and cultural aspirations (Sheffield Academic Press, 2003)

The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer, and Politics (Oxford, 2004)

The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (IVP, 2005)

‘The Growth of Voluntary Religion’ in Sheridan Gilley and Brian Stanley (eds.), World Christianities, c.1815-1914. The Cambridge History of Christianity (Cambridge, 2006)

“Evangelicals and Public Worship 1965 – 2005,” The Evangelical Quarterly 79.1 (Jan-Mar. 2007): 3-22.

‘Evangelicalism and Cultural Diffusion’ in Mark Smith (ed.), British Evangelical Identities Past and Present Vol 1.: Aspects of History and Sociology of Evangelicalism in Britain and Ireland (Paternoster, 2008)

‘Response’ in Michael A. G. Haykin and Kenneth J. Stewart (eds.), The Emergence of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities (IVP, 2008)

‘Evangelicalism’ in David Fergusson (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)


Baptist Quarterly, April 2010

The Politics of Eschatology: Baptists in Interregnum Scotland – R. Scott Spurlock

Misguided or Misunderstood? The case of Charles Spurgeon Medhurst (1860-1927), Baptist missionary in China – Judith C. Powles

Letters to Derek: The life of ‘Mr Leprosy’ – Margaret Gibbs

Baptist Theology Expounded and Assessed: Review article – John H. Y. Briggs

Reviews include:

Timothy Whelan reviews Cynthia Y. Aalders, To Express the Ineffable: The Hymns and Spirituality of Anne Steele

Sally Nelson reviews Stephen R. Holmes, The Wondrous Cross

Ruth Gouldbourne reviews Ian Randall, Toivo Pilli and Anthony R. Cross (eds.), Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries

Sior Coleman reviews Sally Nelson, A Thousand Crucifixions. The Whitley Lecture 2009.