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All articles by Crawford Gribben

I am a cultural and literary historian whose work concentrates on the development and dissemination of religious ideas, especially in terms of
apocalyptic and millennial thought, in the print cultures of Puritanism and evangelicalism.
My current projects include writing “Survival and resistance in evangelical America” (with Scott Spurlock, under contract to Oxford University Press).
I serve as co-editor of two series of monographs and edited collections entitled ‘Christianities in the trans-Atlantic world, 1550-1800’
(Palgrave Macmillan) and ‘Scottish religious cultures’ (Edinburgh Univeristy Press).
I directed the ‘Radical Religion in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800’ project (funded by the Irish Research Council, 2012-13, and DCAL MAGUS,
2014-15), and have written on historic and contemporary religious radicalism for Books & Culture, The American Interest, The Irish Times,
and the Foreign Policy Research Institute I am currently Professor of early modern British history, Queen’s University Belfast

Historical

October 2015
Articles > Historical

John Owen (1616–1683)

John Owen, perhaps the greatest of the Puritan theologians, was born sometime in 1616 — 400 years ago, next year — to a family of Puritans living in the tiny village of Stadhampton, in Oxfordshire. The family was not especially wealthy, and neither were they especially rigorous in their religious views. Owen later described his father as a ‘a Nonconformist all his days, and a painful labourer in the vineyard of the Lord’ (Works, 13: 224), but this comment may reflect the kindness of a dimmed memory, for his father was not among those Puritans whose dissatisfaction with the Church of England drove them into...

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Review – Henry Bullinger: Shepherd of the churches – Go Publications

Article

June 2008
Book

Review – Henry Bullinger: Shepherd of the churches – Go Publications

Henry Bullinger: Shepherd of the churches George M. EllaGo Publications; 500 pages; £26.00ISBN: 978-0-9548624-3-5George Ella has written a thorough and often compelling account of the life and ministry of one of the most important of our forgotten reformers - Henry Bullinger. As well as justifying Bullinger's enduring importance, this biography demonstrates Ella's wide learning…

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Cracking the code

Article

February 2005
Cults and other religions

Cracking the code

A review of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (London: Corgi Books, 2003)Some time ago I was attending a conference in Boston when I overheard a minister complain about the divisions in her congregation. In one corner were the Left Behind readers, she lamented - narrow-minded fundamentalists and rabid supporters of George Bush's foreign…

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Forgotten metaphors

Article

January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgotten metaphors

Scripture speaks of God's people in the language of saints. We do not. Scripture speaks of Christians as a family. We do notWhy is there such a difference between the way the biblical writers describe us, and the way we describe ourselves? Business people who attend 'assertiveness' classes are taught about the 'power of…

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A sense of the presence of God

Article

November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

A sense of the presence of God

Whatever you may think about the ministry of John Piper, there can be no doubt that his publications have substantially raised the profile of Jonathan Edwards. With all his remarkable appeal to the experience-soaked world of contemporary Evangelicalism, Piper has made it almost fashionable for Evangelicals to know something about the life and opinions…

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The early Irish Baptists

Historical

May 2003
Articles > Historical

The early Irish Baptists

Waterford, a harbour town on the southern coast of Ireland, is not a regular destination for visiting tourists. Its name is rarely associated with the grand stream of Irish church history. But concealed in this obscurity is one of the most important churches in the history of the worldwide Baptist movement. In the early…

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John G. McVicker and the 1859 revival

Historical

April 2003
Articles > Historical

John G. McVicker and the 1859 revival

It was midsummer 1859 and revival was sweeping across Ireland's northern counties. For months, a handful of young Christians, concerned about the spiritual state of the churches, had been praying that God would visit his people in an unusual way.The first fruits of the movement were witnessed in the village of Connor. Congregations increased…

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