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  • Professor William Gibson

    BA, MA PhD, DLITT, FRHISTS, FRSA, PGCE

    Professor of Ecclesiastical History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488610

    Email: wgibson@brookes.ac.uk

    Location:

    Undergraduate

    • U78001 The Early Church
    • U78002 Liberation Theology
    • U78003 Grasping the Nettle
    • U78004 Making Moral Choices
    • U78028 Ecumenism
    • U78029 Atheism and the Problem of Evil in Literature
    • U78038 Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust

    Academic and research interests

    • Religious History of early modern and modern Britain (broadly 1600-1900);
    • Historical theology
    • History of Universities;
    • Welsh history;
    • Church and State, the Church and politics.

    Research projects

    Current major research projects

    • Oxford Handbook on the British Sermon 1689-1901 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012)
    • Ashgate Companion to World Methodism, (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming, 2012)

    Books

    • Begiato J, Gibson W, Sex and the Church in the long eighteenth century: religion, enlightenment and the sexual revolution, I B Tauris (2017)
      ISBN: 9781784533779
    • Gibson W, Ed., Religion and Society in the Diocese of St Davids 1485–2011, Ashgate (2015)
      ISBN: 978-1-4094-4772-6
    • Gibson W, Ed., The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901, Oxford University Press (2012)
      ISBN: 9780199583591
    • Cornwall R, Gibson W, Ed., Religion, politics and dissent, 1660–1832: essays in Honour of James E. Bradley, Ashgate (2010)
      ISBN: 9780754663843
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, James II and the trial of the seven bishops , Palgrave Macmillan (2009)
      ISBN: 9780230204003
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, Religion and the Enlightenment 1600-1800 : conflict and the rise of civic humanism in Taunton , Peter Lang (2007)
      ISBN: 9783039109227
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, Enlightenment prelate, Benjamin Hoadly 1676-1761, James Clarke (2004)
      ISBN: 9780227679784
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, The Church of England 1688-1832 : unity and accord, Routledge (2000)
      ISBN: 9780415240239
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, Religion and society in England and Wales, 1689-1800: a sourcebook, Leicester University Press (1998)
      ISBN: 9780718501631
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, A Social history of the domestic chaplain, 1530-1840, Leicester University Press (1997)
      ISBN: 9780718500931
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, The achievement of the Anglican Church (1689-1800) : the confessional state in eighteenth century England, Edwin Mellen (1995)
      ISBN: 9780773489905
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, Church, State and Society 1760-1850, Palgrave Macmillan (1994)
      ISBN: 9780333587577
      Abstract

    Journal articles

    • Gibson W T, 'English provincial engagement in religious debates: the Salisbury quarrel of 1705-15'
      Huntington Library Quarterly 80 (1) (2017)
      ISSN: 0018-7895 eISSN: 0018-7895
      Abstract
    • Gibson WT, '"So Cruel and Unjustifiable a Revolution": Bishop George Pretyman Tomline and Edward Kilvington 1794-96'
      Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society (2017)
      ISSN: 0309-3603 eISSN: 0309-3603
    • Gibson W, 'Introduction: New Perspectives on Secularisation in Britain (and Beyond)'
      Journal of Religious History 41 (4) (2017)
      ISSN: 0022-4227 eISSN: 0022-4227
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W, '"Large and Handsome Volumes": Early Owners of Benjamin Hoadly's Works''
      Quaerendo 46 (4) (2016)
      ISSN: 0014-9527 eISSN: 0014-9527
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W, 'Tory anti-exclusionism in church and state: Richard Thompson of Bristol in 1678–85'
      Seventeenth Century (2016) pp.1-18
      ISSN: 0268-117X eISSN: 0268-117X
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W T, 'John Trusler and the Sermon Culture of Late Eighteenth Century England'
      Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66 (02) (2015) pp.302-319
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Abstract Website
    • , 'John Trusler and the Culture of Sermons in Late Eighteenth-Century England'
      (2015)
      ISSN: eISSN:
      Website
    • Gibson W, 'Mr Wesley's Business': dissenters, debt and distress in 1705'
      Historical Research 83 (222) (2010) pp.635-648
      ISSN: 0950-3471 eISSN: 0950-3471
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W, 'Samuel Wesley's conformity reconsidered'
      47 (2) (2009) pp.68-83
      ISSN: 261238.0 eISSN: 261238.0
    • Gibson W, 'The limits of the confessional state: electoral religion in the reign of Charles II'
      Historical Journal 51 (1) (2008) pp.27-47
      ISSN: 0018-246X eISSN: 0018-246X
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W, 'Episcopal lands at Llanarthney : correspondence from the Huntington Library '
      Carmarthenshire Antiquary 44 (2008) pp.125-127
      ISSN: 0142-1867 eISSN: 0142-1867
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, 'William Talbot and Church Parties 1688 - 1730'
      Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58 (1) (2007) pp.26-48
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W, 'Dissenters, Anglicans and the Glorious Revolution: the Collection of Cases'
      Seventeenth Century 22 (2007) pp.168-184
      ISSN: 0268-117X eISSN: 0268-117X
    • Gibson W, 'Brother of the more famous Benjamin: The theology of Archbishop John Hoadly'
      Anglican and Episcopal History 75 (3) (2006) pp.401-422
      ISSN: 0896-8039 eISSN: 0896-8039
    • Gibson W, 'The persecution of Thomas Emlyn, 1703'1705'
      48 (3) (2006) pp.525-539
      ISSN: 2040-4867 eISSN: 2040-4867
      Abstract Website
    • Gibson W, 'The Persecution of Thomas Emlyn, 1703-1705'
      Journal of Church and State 48 (2006) pp.525-539
      ISSN: 0021-969X eISSN: 0021-969X

    Book chapters

    • Gibson W T, 'George Whitefield and the Church of England' in Hammond G, Ceri Jones D (ed.), George Whitefield: Life, Context and Legacy, Oxford University Press (2016)
      ISBN: 978-0-19-874707-9
    • , 'Être aumônier de la noblesse en Angleterre, à l’époque du duc Léopold de Lorraine' in Les chapell es princières, institutions au service du prince, et leurs avatars contemporains, Éditions du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques (2015)
      ISBN: 978-2-7355-0843-3
    • , 'Introduction: Approaches to the History of Religion in St Davids Diocese 1485–2011' in Religion and Society in the Diocese of St Davids, 1485-2011, Ashgate (2015)
      ISBN: 978-1-4049-4772-6
    • , '‘The most glorious enterprises have been achiev’d’: The Restoration Diocese of St Davids 1660–1730' in Religion and Society in the Diocese of St Davids, 1485-2011, Ashgate (2015)
      ISBN: 978-1-4049-4772-6
    • Gibson W T, 'Reflections on Johnson's Churchmanship' in Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century, Huntington Library Press (2014)
      ISBN: 978-0-87328-259-8
    • , 'Reflections on Johnson's Churchmanship' in Samuel Johnson: New Contexts for a New Century, Huntington Library Press (2014)
      ISBN: 978-0-87328-259-8
    • , 'THE CULTURAL AGENCY OF CHAPLAINS IN PATRONAGE: SAMUEL WILLES AND LORD HUNTINGDON, 1660-1684' in Chaplains in Early Modern England, Manchester University Press (2013)
      ISBN: 978-0-7190-8834-6
    • Gibson W, 'The British sermon 1689-1901: quantities, performance, and culture' in The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901, Oxford University Press (2012)
      ISBN: 978-0-19-958359-1
    • Cornwall R , Gibson W, 'Introduction' in Religion, politics and dissent, 1660'1832 : essays in honour of James E. Bradley, Ashgate (2010)
      ISBN: 9780754663843
    • Gibson W, 'Dissenters, Anglicans and elections after the Toleration Act, 1689-1710' in Religion, politics and dissent, 1660-1832 : essays in honour of James E. Bradley, Ashgate (2010)
      ISBN: 9780754663843
    • Gibson W, 'Introduction' in The Original and institution of civil government, discss'd by Benjamin Hoadly, AMS Press (2007)
      ISBN: 9780404648510
      Abstract
    • Gibson W, 'Attitudinarian equivocation: George Smalridge's churchmanship' in Religious Identities in Britain, 1660'1832 , Ashgate (2005)
      ISBN: 9780754632092
      Abstract

    Reviews

    • Gibson W, review of Making Toleration: the Repealers and the Glorious Revolution, in Journal of Religious History 37 (2013) pp.421-422
      ISSN: 0022-4227 eISSN: 0022-4227
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of The Eighteenth-century Church in Britain, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (2012) pp.178-180
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of Shapers of English Calvinism, 1660-1714: Variety, Persistence, and Transformation., in Journal of British Studies 51 (2012) pp.478-480
      ISSN: 0021-9371 eISSN: 0021-9371
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of The Church in the Long Eighteenth Century, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (2012) pp.632-632
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of Devil in Disguise: Deception, Delusion and Fanaticism in the Early English Enlightenment, in Journal of Religious History 36 (2012) pp.420-421
      ISSN: 0022-4227 eISSN: 0022-4227
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of Anti-arminians: the Anglican Reformed Tradition From Charles II to George I, in Journal of Anglican Studies 9 (2011) pp.120-121
      ISSN: 1740-3553 eISSN: 1740-3553
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of Church Life in Hereford and Oxford. a Study of Two Sees, 1660-1760, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61 (2010) pp.196-197
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of Dissenting Histories: Religious Divisions and the Politics of Memory in Eighteenth-century England, in Journal of British Studies 49 (2010) pp.454-456
      ISSN: 0021-9371 eISSN: 0021-9371
    • Gibson W, review of The Church of England and the Bangorian Controversy, 1716-1721, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 59 (2008) pp.360-361
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Website
    • Gibson W, review of The Church of England in Industrialising Society: the Lancashire Parish of Whalley in the Eighteenth Century., in Albion 36 (2005) pp.737-739
      ISSN: 0095-1390 eISSN: 0095-1390
    • Gibson W, review of A Glorious Work in the World. Welsh Methodism and the International Evangelical Revival, 1735-1750., in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 56 (2005) pp.612-613
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Website

    Membership of professional bodies

    Director of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History

    Consultancy

    Research and consultancy projects

    • 2009-10 Visiting Research Fellow, Baylor University Texas, working on sermon studies and culture 1688-1901.
    • Reviews Editor, Archives, the journal of the British Records Association.
    • Co-Editor, Wesley and Methodist Studies

    Conferences

    Conferences

    Recent papers

    • "Professor William Gibson is speaking in November 2010 at an International Conference on Princely Chapels in France" http://www.archives.cg54.fr/archives/Uploads/images%20HTML/37/file/Colloque_Luneville/Luneville2010_programme.pdf
    • “‘From Wicked Town to Peaceable Borough’” University of Winchester research seminar 2008.
    • “‘None But Presbyterian Baptism’: Samuel Wesley and the Lay Baptism Controversy”, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, 2009
    • “Fletcher’s Bishop: Methodism and Bishop James Beauclerk of Hereford”, Religion Gender and Industry Conference, 2009.
    • “‘The Improvement of the Clergy’: The Work of Archdeacon Thomas Sharp of Northumberland, 1723-57”, Early Modern Sermons Seminar, Birmingham University, 2009
    • “Round Table on the British Sermon” Western Conference on British Studies in Arizona, October 2009
    • “Samuel Wesley” American Historical Association/American Society of Church History joint meeting in San Diego in January 2010.

    Career history

    • Teaching in secondary, further and higher education
    • Inspection roles in HMI, Ofsted and ALI