Responses

My work has provoked a range of responses: this page records some of the more positive ones.

In 2015, my research was profiled in the Church of England Newspaper (page 10 of the link), which described my first article as a ‘bold thesis… that attracted widespread attention’.

In 2015, Grace Davie, Professor Emerita of Sociology at Exeter University, listed my first article alongside Callum Brown’s Death of Christian Britain and Hugh McLeod’s Religious Crisis of the 1960s as one of the three most significant contributions in the historiography of postwar British Christianity since 1994.

In 2015, Alec Ryrie, co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham, wrote about my second article on his blog, describing it as ‘wonderful‘ and ‘the most revelatory article in the issue’.

In 2016, aspects of my DPhil thesis were discussed at length in an article by Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Morris described my work as one of ‘the most impressive restatements’ (p. 196) in the British secularization debate, although, naturally, he disagreed with it in various ways.

In 2017, David Martin (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, LSE) described my first article as ‘brilliant work, assiduously researched, and far more richly documented and placed in historical depth than my own’. He went on to observe, rightly, that I had unwittingly echoed many of the observations that he had made in the late 1960s.