School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Religion

    Faith and Experience

    How have religious faith and experience motivated people in the past, and how do they continue to influence people today?

    Our work emphasizes the variety and diversity of religious expressions, including the Protestant and Catholic divisions in post-Reformation Christianity, the relationship between religion, the state and politics, new religious movements and the philosophical basis for faith and religion.

    The  Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History holds major archives and art collections, produces a journal, Wesley and Methodist Studies, and hosts regular conferences.

    Our academic staff have published very widely on topics such as sacred space, witchcraft in the early modern period, religion and the state in the eighteenth century, Methodism in the eighteenth century, theological responses to Nazism, religion and psychoanalysis, the material and visual cultures of religion, blasphemy, and secularism.

    Current research projects include the eighteenth century church and sex, the religious culture of Europe in the seventeenth century, and Freud and feminism.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Professor Andrew Spicer

    Professor of Early Modern European History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483590



    Andrew Spicer is Professor of Early Modern European History and came to Oxford Brookes from the University of Exeter in 2003. He is currently a Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society and Vice-President/President-Elect of the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference.