About the A People’s Church: Rethinking the History of the Church of England course
This course is intended to provide an introduction both to the history of the Church of England itself, and also to trends in historical research on religion in Britain today.
No specialist knowledge is required, but may appeal in particular to churchgoers, ordinands, and the general reader.
There will be three sessions, focusing on:
1) How the history has been told, and how and why it needs to be rewritten, drawing attention to trends in historiography;
2) A number of specific examples of historical revision, helping us to reset our views of the past;
3) Exploration of the implications of this new history for the life and ministry of the Church today, and for its constitutional position, and its possible futures.
The course is based on the book by Jeremy Morris, A People’s Church: A History of the Church of England though it is not necessary to have read this book before attending the course.
About the tutor
Jeremy Morris is an Anglican priest and academic, who is a former Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and former Dean of King’s College, Cambridge.
Currently National Adviser for Ecumenical Relations, his academic interests include secularization and the place of religion in the modern world, the history of Anglicanism (especially High Churchmanship), and the theology and practice of ecumenism. He is the author of books on the history and theology of the Church of England, including F.D. Maurice and the Crisis of Christian Authority (2005), The Church in the Modern World (2007), and A People’s Church (2022).