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Timothy Larsen, Ph.D., D.D.

Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought and
Professor of History

On Faculty since 2002

BGH 551

timothy.larsen@wheaton.edu
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Timothy Larsen is McManis Professor of Christian Thought and Professor of History at Wheaton College, an Honorary Fellow, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Research Fellow, School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  He has been a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, All Souls College, Oxford, and Christ Church, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  He is the author or editor of twenty books including Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England, A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians, The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian FaithJohn Stuart Mill: A Secular Life and The Oxford Handbook of Christmas (all with Oxford University Press).

University of Edinburgh
D.D., Historical Theology, 2020

University of Stirling, Scotland
Ph.D., History, 1997

Wheaton College
M.A., Theology, 1990

Wheaton College
B.A. (Hons.), History, 1989

  • Spiritual Lives Biography Series, Oxford University Press: general editor
  • Journal of Religious History: editorial board
  • Fides er Historia (Journal): editorial board
  • School of Divinity, Edinburgh University, Honorary Fellow
  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Honorary Research Fellow, School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies
  • Royal Historical Society: Fellow
  • Royal Anthropological Institute: Fellow
  • Trinity College, Cambridge: Visiting Fellow (2007)
  • All Souls College, Oxford: Visiting Fellow (2012)
  • Northwestern University: Visiting Scholar (2014)
  • Marginalia Review of Books, Contributing Editor
  • Christ Church, Oxford, Visiting Fellow (2021) 

 

  • Visiting Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford 2021
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2014
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, Winter and Spring Quarters 2014
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, for the Trinity term, 2012
  • Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge, for the Lent and Easter Terms 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (FRAI)
  • Honorary Fellow, School of Divinity, Edinburgh University
  • General Editor, Spiritual Lives biography series, Oxford University Press
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Religious History
  • Editorial Board, Fides et Historia
  • Marginalia Review of Books, Contributing Editor
  • Modern British Religious History
  • History of Faith and Thought
  • Anthropology and Religion
  • Evangelical History and Theology
  • Christianity and Women
  • The History of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation
  • Secularization Theory
  • Christianity and Politics; Church and State Issues
  • History of Academic Disciplines
  • Christian Thought (BITH 315)
  • Historical Theology (BITH 372)
  • Theology and Art, 1000-1600 (BITH 489)
  • History of Christianity to 1900 (BITH 576)
  • Historical Theology: Early Church (BITH 653)
  • Historical Theology: Medieval Church (BITH 654)
  • Modern British Religious History (BITH 677)
  • History of Evangelicalism (BITH 677)
  • Faith, Doubt, and Secularization (BITH 677)
  • Historiography (BITH 683)
  • The Bible in the Nineteenth Century (BITH 883)
  • Anthropology Senior Capstone (ANTH 495)

Single-Authored Books:

Larsen, T. 2018 John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Larsen, T. 2018 George MacDonald in the Age of Miracles: Incarnation, Doubt, and Reenchantment, Downers Grove: IVP Academic. 

Larsen, T. 2016 [paperback edition] The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith, Oxford: Oxford University Press.  Original edition: 2014. (Named the Book of the Year for 2014 by Books & Culture. I am the only author to win this honor twice. Also: Finalist for the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize.)

Larsen, T. 2012 [paperback edition] A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Original edition: 2011.

Larsen, T.  2008 [paperback edition] Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Original edition: 2006. (Named the Book of the Year for 2006 by Books & Culture.)

Larsen, T. 2007 Friends of Religious Equality: Nonconformist Politics in Mid-Victorian England (Studies in Christian History and Thought), Milton Keynes, England: Paternoster Press. (This book was originally published in 1999.)

Larsen, T. 2004 Contested Christianity: The Political and Social Contexts of Victorian Theology, Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press.

Larsen, T. 2002 Christabel Pankhurst: Fundamentalism and Feminism in Coalition (Studies in Modern British Religious History 4),  Woodbridge, Suffolk and Rochester, NY: The Boydell Press.

Larsen, T. 1999 Friends of Religious Equality: Nonconformist Politics in Mid-Victorian England (Studies in Modern British Religious History 1), Woodbridge, Suffolk and Rochester, NY: The Boydell Press. 

Edited Books:

Larsen, T. (ed.) 2020 The Oxford Handbook of Christmas, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Larsen, T. and Ledger-Lomas, M. (eds) 2017 The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (General Editors, Timothy Larsen and Mark A. Noll: The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, 5 vols.)

Larsen, T. and Johnson, K. (eds), 2013  Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, Downers Grove: IVP Academic.

Larsen, T. and Greenman, J. (eds), 2012 The Decalogue through the Centuries: From the Hebrew Scriptures to Benedict XVI, Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

Larsen, T. and Treier, D. (eds) 2007 The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 

Larsen, T., Greenman, J. and Spencer, S. (eds) 2007 The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries: From the Early Church to Pope John Paul II, Grand Rapids: Brazos Press.

Larsen, T. and Husbands, M. (eds) 2007 Women, Ministry, and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms, IVP Academic.

Larsen, T. and Greenman, J. (eds) 2005 Reading Romans through the Centuries: From the Early Church to Karl Barth. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press. 

Larsen, T. and Bebbington, D. (eds) 2003 Modern Christianity and Cultural Aspirations (Essays in Honour of Professor Clyde Binfield, OBE; Lincoln Studies in Religion and Society 5), London and New York: Sheffield Academic Press (Continuum).

Larsen, T. (ed.) 2003 Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, Leicester, England and Dowers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press (IVP).

Larsen, T. and Johnson, K. (eds), forthcoming Balm in Gilead: A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson, Downers Grove: IVP Academic, [2019]. 

Co-Authored Book: 

Larsen, T. and Vickery, J. 2004 For Christ In Canada: A History of Tyndale Seminary, 1976-2001 (foreword by Leighton Ford).  Toronto: Tyndale University College and Seminary.

Sole General Editor, Spiritual Lives series, Oxford University Press:

Barry Hankins, Woodrow Wilson: Ruling Elder, Spiritual President, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. (Winner of the A. Donald Macleod Award for Presbyterian History.)

Emma Mason, Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Timothy Larsen, John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 

Co-General Editor:

Larsen, T. and Noll, Mark. General Editors. The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions. 5 volumes: vol. 3 (2017), vol. 2 (2018), vol. 5 (2018). Vols 1 and 4 are forthcoming.

Edited Journal Issue: 

Timothy Larsen (guest editor) 2008 Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 86, 3 (Autumn 2004) [actual publication date: May 2008]. 

Theme of issue: “Biblical Scholarship in the Twentieth Century: The Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, 1904-2004.”  My contributors, many of whom are among the most eminent biblical scholars working today, were James D. G. Dunn, Morna D. Hooker, John Rogerson, Peter Oakes, Craig A. Evans, Wendy Cotter, and Eileen Schuller.  I also contributed a research article myself, “A. S. Peake, the Free Churches, and Modern Biblical Criticism,” and wrote the introduction.