Dr Andrew Atherstone


After undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge (1991-95) in mathematics and theology, I completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford (1998-2001) in ecclesiastical history, focused upon Victorian Anglican identities, especially Protestant responses to Tractarianism. Since 2007, I have been Latimer Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, one of the University of Oxford’s permanent private halls. 

Research Interests:

My research ranges widely across the history of Anglicanism and Evangelicalism between the 18th and 20th centuries, often examining the intersection of those two global movements. I am particularly interested in questions of identity, conversion, memorialization, and historiography. I enjoy working collaboratively and my co-edited books include Evangelicalism and the Church of England in the Twentieth Century (Boydell 2014), Making Evangelical History: Faith, Scholarship and the Evangelical Past  (Routledge 2019), and Transatlantic Charismatic Renewal, c.1950-2000 (Brill 2021). I also co-edit Routledge Studies in Evangelicalism. I have published critical editions of the 1845-57 journal of Daniel Wilson (Bishop of Calcutta), an important figure in the history of Anglican missions, and the 1873 autobiography of John Charles Ryle (Bishop of Liverpool). My work on recent Anglicanism includes the biography Archbishop Justin Welby: Risktaker and Reconciler (DLT, 2014), and the first history (forthcoming) of the Alpha Course, a programme in global charismatic evangelization. Other current writing projects, for Oxford University Press, are The Oxford Handbook of Christian Fundamentalism and a monograph entitled Anglican Evangelical Identity Crisis, c.1960-2005.



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