Timothy Larsen, Ph.D.

Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought
On Faculty since 2002

Office: BGC 551
Phone: (630)752-5177
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Education

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

M.A. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1990 (Theology)

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

About Timothy Larsen

As a "Wheatie" myself, my love for this place runs deep. There are no students I would rather teach than Wheaton students. It is a particular honor for me to be the unworthy heir of my mentor, Mark Noll, as the McManis Professor of Christian Thought. My primary intellectual interests are in the areas of British history, historical theology, Christian thought, and intellectual currents and controversies. My research and writing tends to explore theological and intellectual ideas as they were appropriated and wrestled with in specific cultural, social, and historical contexts. I am the husband of Dr. Jane Larsen, who is British and a medical doctor. We have three children, Lucia, Theo and Amelia, and are members of a young charismatic church, Life Church, in Wheaton.

Fellowships

  • 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)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, Northwestern University, Winter and Spring Quarters 2014

Courses Taught

  • BITH 883 The Bible in the Nineteenth Century
  • BITH 677 Modern British Religious History
  • BITH 677 History of Evangelicalism
  • BITH 576 History of Christianity to 1900
  • BITH 654 Historical Theology: Medieval Church
  • BITH 653 Historical Theology: Early Church
  • BITH 489 Theology and Art, 1000-1600
  • BITH 372 Historical Theology
  • BITH 315 Christian Thought

Editorial Work

  • General Editor, Spiritual Lives biography series, Oxford University Press
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Religious History
  • Editorial Board, Fides et Historia
  • Contributing Editor, Books & Culture

Research

  • 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

Publications

Books

Larsen, T. forthcoming The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith, Oxford: Oxford University Press, [September 2014].

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

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

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

Larsen, T. and Husbands, M. (eds) 2007 Women, Ministry, and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

Larsen, T. and Greenman, J. 2005 Reading Romans through the Centuries: Encounters from the Early Church to Karl Barth, Grand Rapids: Brazos Press.

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

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

Larsen, T. and Bebbington, D. (eds) 2003 Modern Christianity and Cultural Aspirations, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press (Continuum).

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

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 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, are James D. G. Dunn, Morna D. Hooker, John Rogerson, Peter Oakes, Craig A. Evans, Wendy Cotter, and Eileen Schuller. I have also contributed a research article myself, “A. S. Peake, the Free Churches, and Modern Biblical Criticism”, as well as having written the introduction.

Journal Articles

Larsen, T. 2013 “E. B. Tylor, Religion and Anthropology”, British Journal for the History of Science, 46, 3 (September 2013).

Larsen, T. 2013 “The Bible and Belief in Victorian Britain”, Cahiers Victoriens et Édouardiens (published by Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III), 76 (Octobre 2012) [actual publication date: June 2013].

Larsen, T.  2012  “The Book of Acts and the Origin of the Races in Evangelical Thought”, Victorian Review,  37, 2 (Fall 2011).

Larsen, T. 2012  “Biblical Commentaries as Prose”, Nineteenth-Century Prose, 39, 1/2 (Spring/Fall 2012).

Larsen, T. and Brandt, E.  2011  “The Old Atheism Revisited: Robert G. Ingersoll and the Bible”, Journal of the Historical Society, 11, 2 (June 2011)

Larsen, T. 2009 “Literacy and Biblical Knowledge: The Victorian Age and Our Own”, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 52, 3 (September 2009).

Larsen, T. 2009 “Christina Rossetti, the Decalogue, and Biblical Interpretation”, Zeitschrift f ü r Neuere Theologiegeschichte, 16, 2 (2009).

Larsen, T. 2009 “E. B. Pusey and Holy Scripture”, Journal of Theological Studies, 60, 2 (October 2009).

Larsen, T. 2009 “Austen Henry Layard’s Nineveh: The Bible and Archaeology in Victorian Britain”, Journal of Religious History, 33, 1 (March 2009).

Larsen, T. 2008 “‘War Is Over, If You Want It’: Beyond the Conflict between Faith and Science”, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 60, 3 (September 2008).

Larsen, T. 2008 “A. S. Peake, the free churches, and modern biblical criticism”, in Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 86, 3 (Autumn 2004) [actual publication date: May 2008].

Larsen, T. 2006 “Dechristendomization as an Alternative to Secularization: Theology, History, and Sociology in Conversation”, Pro Ecclesia, XV, 3 (Summer 2006).

Larsen, T. 2005 “A Nonconformist Conscience? Free Churchmen in Parliament in Nineteenth-Century England”, Parliamentary History, 24, 1 (April 2005).

Larsen, T. 2004 “Joseph P. Free and the Romance of Biblical Archaeology”, Westminster Theological Journal 66, 1 (Spring 2004).

Larsen, T. 2003 “Bishop Colenso and His Critics: the Strange Emergence of Biblical Criticism in Victorian Britain”, in Jonathan A. Draper (ed.), The Eye of the Storm: Bishop John William Colenso and the Crisis of Biblical Inspiration, London: T. & T. Clark International (Journal of the Study of the Old Testament Supplement 386). (Also published in a South African edition: Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.)

Larsen, T. 2003 “’Living by Faith’: A Short History of Brethren Practice”, Emmaus Journal, 12, 2 (Winter 2003).

Larsen, T. 2001 “The Regaining of Faith: reconversions among popular radicals in Mid-Victorian England”, Church History, 70, 3 (September 2001).

Larsen, T. 2001 “The Reforming Project of the English Evangelical Dissenters”, Fides et Historia, 33, 1.

Larsen, T. 2000 “Thomas Cook, Holy Land pilgrims and the dawn of the modern tourist industry”, in R. N. Swanson (ed.), Holy Land, Holy Lands, and Christian History (Studies in Church History 36), Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press for the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Larsen, T. 2000 “Thomas Cooper and Christian Apologetics in Victorian Britain”, Journal of Victorian Culture, 5, 2 (Autumn 2000).

Larsen, T. 2000 “Joseph Barker and Popular Biblical Criticism in the Nineteenth Century”, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 83, 1.

Larsen, T. 1998 “’How Many Sisters Make A Brotherhood?’ A case study in gender and ecclesiology in early nineteenth-century English Dissent”, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 49, 2.

Larsen, T. 1997 “Bishop Colenso and his Critics: the strange emergence of biblical criticism in Victorian Britain”, Scottish Journal of Theology, 50, 4.

Larsen, T. 1997 “Victorian Nonconformity and the Memory of the Ejected Ministers: the impact of the bicentennial commemorations of 1862”, in R. N. Swanson (ed.), The Church Retrospective (Studies in Church History 33), Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press for the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Other Researched Articles

Larsen, T. 2013 “Nineveh” in David Gange and Michael Ledger-Lomas (eds), Cities of God: The Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Larsen, T. 2013 “The Bible and the Varieties of Nineteenth-Century Dissent: Elizabeth Fry, Mary Carpenter, and Catherine Booth” in Scott Mandelbrote and Michael Ledger-Lomas (eds), Dissent and the Bible in Britain, c. 1650-1950, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Larsen, T. 2013 “The Evangelical Reception of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” in Keith Johnson and Timothy Larsen (eds), Bonhoeffer, Christ and Culture, Downers Grove: IVP.

Larsen, T.  2012  “Christina Rossetti”, in Timothy Larsen and Jeffrey P. Greenman (eds), The Decalogue through the Centuries: From the Hebrew Scriptures to Benedict XVI, Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

Larsen, T.  2012  “Evangelicals, the Academy, and the Discipline of History”, in Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and David L. Riggs (eds), Beyond Integration?  Inter/Disciplinary Possibilities for the Future of Christian Higher Education, Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press.

Larsen, T.  2008   “Pioneer Girls: Mid-Twentieth-Century American Evangelicalism’s Girl Scouts”, Asbury Journal, 63, 2 (Fall 2008).

Larsen, T. 2008 “The Reception Given Evangelicalism in Modern Britain since its Publication in 1989”, in Michael A. G. Haykin and Kenneth J. Stewart (eds), The Emergence of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities, Nottingham: Apollos (Inter-Varsity Press).

Larsen, T. 2007 “Women in Public Ministry: A Historic Evangelical Distinctive”, in Timothy Larsen and Mark A. Husbands (eds), Women, Ministry, and the Gospel: Exploring New Paradigms, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

Larsen, T. 2007 “Defining and Locating Evangelicalism”, in Timothy Larsen and Daniel J. Treier (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Larsen, T. 2006 “Charles Bradlaugh, Militant Unbelief, and the Civil Rights of Atheists”, in Caroline Litzenberger and Eileen Groth Lyon (eds), The Human Tradition in Modern Britain, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Larsen, T. 2005 “Joseph P. Free and the Romance of Biblical Archaeology”, in Daniel M. Master, John M. Monson et al. (eds) Dothan I: Remains from the Tell (1953-1964), Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

Larsen, T. 2005 “John William Colenso”, in Larsen, T. and Greenman, J. (eds) Reading Romans through the Centuries: Encounters from the Early Church to Karl Barth. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press.

Larsen, T. 2003 “Honorary Doctorates and the Nonconformist Ministry in Nineteenth-Century England”, in T. Larsen and D. Bebbington (eds), Modern Christianity and Cultural Aspirations, London and New York: Sheffield Academic Press (Continuum).

Larsen, T. 2002 “Methodist New Connexionism: lay emancipation as a denominational raison d’être”, in Deryck Lovegrove (ed.), The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism, London and New York: Routledge.

Larsen, T. 2002 “English Baptists, Jamaican Affairs and the Nonconformist Conscience: the campaign against Governor Eyre”, in D. W. Bebbington (ed.), The Gospel in the World: International Baptist Studies (Studies in Baptist History and Thought 1), Carlisle: Paternoster.

Larsen, T. 2001 “Sex, Lies, and Victorians: the Case of the Revd Newman Hall’s Divorce”, Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, 6, 8 (May 2001).

Larsen, T. 1998 “’Living by Faith’: A short history of Brethren practice”, Brethren Archivists and Historians Network Review, 1, 2.

Articles in Works of Reference

Larsen, T.  and Gibson, Richard   2012  “Evangelicalism”, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature, Oxford University Press (www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com).

Larsen, T. 2009 “Wiseman, Nicholas”, in Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (eds), Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, London: The British Library.

Larsen, T. 2005 “Religion, Secularization, and the Crisis of Faith” [principal entry: 4,000 words], in Gregory Claeys (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth-Century Thought, London: Routledge, pp. 394-99.

Larsen, T. 2004 “Fowler, Henry Hartley, first Viscount Wolverhampton (1830-1911)”, in H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, vol. 20, pp. 580-82.

Larsen, T. 2004 “Williams, John Carvell (1821-1907)”, in H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, vol. 59, pp. 249-51.

Larsen, T. 2004 “Colenso, John William”, in Hans J. Hillerbrand (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Protestantism, New York and London: Routledge.

Larsen, T. 2003 “England, Victorian” [principal entry: 2,000 words] in Catharine Cookson (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Religious Freedom, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 108-112.

Larsen, T. 2003 “Cook, Thomas”; “Cooper, Thomas”; “Hall, Christopher Newman”; and “Pankhurst, Christabel” in Timothy Larsen (ed.), Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, Leicester, England and Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press (IVP).

Larsen, T. 2002 “Ludlow, John Malcolm Forbes” in Jörg Persch (ed.) Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, fourth edition (volume 5), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Larsen, T. 2000 “Freikirchen: Kirchengeschichtlich”; “Freikirchen: Missionen in den Freikirchen”; “Forsyth, Peter Taylor”; “Gladstone, William Ewart”; and “Huxley, Thomas Henry” in Jörg Persch (ed.), Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, fourth edition (volume 3), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Larsen, T. 2000 “The Dissenting Ethos”; Larsen, T. and Barkley, S. “The Congregationalists”, The Victorian Web: http://www.victorianweb.org/religion
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