I teach early modern British history at Queen’s University Belfast. Over the last few years, I’ve had a special interest in the life and work of the seventeenth-century “puritan” theologian, John Owen. At the moment I am writing a study of the theology of J. N. Darby and a more general book about the rise and fall of Irish Christianity. I’m also interested in relating my early modern interests to current affairs, as the “Journalism” tab indicates. You can find my university staff page here.

You can listen to my interviews of authors on the New Books Network here, and you can find me on Twitter @GribbenC

I am the author of books including:

I also 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: Historical perspectives‘ (Edinburgh University 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), am a member of the Millennialism and Apocalypse project at Queen’s, and have written on contemporary religious radicalism for The Wall Street JournalThe Irish TimesBooks & CultureThe Conversation, The Article and The American Interest, as well as for knowledge exchange organisations such as Foreign Policy Research InstituteI am the founding co-director, with Daniel Hill (University of Liverpool), of the Jonathan Edwards Centre (UK), an affiliate of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University.

I have edited the following collections of essays:

I’ve published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and volumes, including:

  1. “Lucy Hutchinson’s theological writings,” Review of English Studies (forthcoming, 2020).
  2. “‘Inexpressible horrour’: The devil and Baptist life writing in Cromwellian Ireland,” Church History (forthcoming, 2020).
  3. “The church of God in Belfast: Needed Truth, the Vernalites, and the Howard Street Christians, 1890-1924,” Brethren Historical Review 14 (2018), pp. 120-48.
  4. “Becoming John Owen: The making of an evangelical reputation,” Westminster Theological Journal, 79 (2017), pp. 311-25.
  5. “John N. Darby, dispensational eschatology, and the formation of trans-Atlantic evangelicalism,” Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Religions- and Kulturgeschichte 110 (2016), pp. 99-109.
  6. “John Owen, Lucy Hutchinson, and the experience of defeat,” The Seventeenth Century 30 (2015), pp. 179-90 [mentioned in Year’s Work in English Studies, 2017, https://doi-org.queens.ezp1.qub.ac.uk/10.1093/ywes/max011]
  7. “Scottish Romanticism, evangelicalism and Robert Pollok’s The Course of Time (1827),” Romanticism, 21:1 (2015), pp. 25-36.
  8. “Polemic and apocalyptic in the Cromwellian invasion of Scotland,” Literature & History 23:1 (2014), pp. 1-18.
  9. “James Hogg and Mrs Calvert: Antinomianism and print culture in the 1640s,” Studies in Hogg and his World 24 (2013), pp. 94-97.
  10. “Angels and demons in Cromwellian and Restoration Ireland: Heresy and the supernatural,” Huntington Library Quarterly 76:3 (2013), pp. 377-92.
  11. “Rethinking the rise of prophecy fiction: H.R.K.’s Life in the Future (?1879),” Brethren Historical Review 7 (2011), pp. 68-80.
  12. “William Bagshawe and the Derbyshire puritans,” Puritan Reformed Journal 3:1 (2011), pp. 177-202.
  13. “English poetry in Cromwellian Ireland,” The Seventeenth Century 25:2 (2010), pp. 281-99.
  14. “John Owen, Renaissance man? The evidence of Edward Millington’s Bibliotheca Oweniana (1684),” Westminster Theological Journal 72:2 (2010), pp. 321-32, reprinted in Kelly M. Kapic and Mark Jones (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen’s Theology (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), pp. 97-109.
  15. “J. N. Darby and the Irish origins of dispensationalism,” co-authored with Mark Sweetnam, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52:3 (2009), pp. 569-77.
  16. “Samuel Rutherford and liberty of conscience,” Westminster Theological Journal 71:2 (2009), pp. 355-73, reprinted in Matthew Vogan (ed.), Samuel Rutherford: An Introduction to his Theology (Edinburgh: Scottish Reformation Society, 2011), pp. 251-76.
  17. “The Church of Scotland and the English apocalyptic imagination, 1630-1650,” Scottish Historical Review 88:1 (2009), pp. 34-56.
  18. “Protestant millennialism, political violence and the Ulster conflict,” Irish Studies Review 15:1 (2007), pp. 51-63.
  19. “John Knox, reformation history and national self-fashioning,” Reformation & Renaissance Review 8:1 (2006), pp. 45-60.
  20. “The Justified Sinner and Presbyterian demonology,” Studies in Hogg and his World 17 (2006), pp. 127-131.
  21. “The literary culture of the Scottish reformation,” Review of English Studies 57:228 (2006), pp. 64-82; revised as “Introduction” in Literature and the Scottish reformation, eds Crawford Gribben and David G. Mullan, St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 1-18.
  22. “Rhetoric, fiction and theology: James Ussher and the death of Jesus Christ,” The Seventeenth Century 20:1 (2005), pp. 53-76.
  23. “James Hogg, Scottish Calvinism and literary theory,” Scottish Studies Review 5:2 (2004), pp. 9-26; republished in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism 260 (Gale Cengage Learning Database).
  24. “Defining the puritans? The baptism debate in Cromwellian Ireland, 1654-56,” Church History 73:1 (2004), pp. 63-89.
  25. “Rapture fictions and the changing evangelical condition,” Literature and Theology 18:1 (2004), pp. 77-94.
  26. “‘Passionate desires, and confident hopes’: Puritan millenarianism and Anglo-Scottish union, 1560-1644,” Reformation & Renaissance Review 4:2 (2002), pp. 241-258.
  27. “‘The worst sect a Christian man can meet’: Opposition to the Plymouth Brethren in Ireland and Scotland, 1859-1900,” Scottish Studies Review 3:2 (2002), pp. 34-53; reprinted in Tim Grass (ed), Witness in many lands: Leadership and outreach among the Brethren (Troon: Brethren Archivists and Historians Network, 2013), pp. 91-109.
  28. “The eschatology of the puritan confessions,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 20:1 (2002), pp. 51-78; reprinted as “Millennialism in the puritan confessions,” in The Puritan Millennium: Literature and theology, 1550-1682, revised and expanded edition (Colorado Springs, CO: Paternoster, 2008), pp. 237-62.
  29. “Wrongly dividing the word of truth: The uncertain soteriology of the Scofield Reference Bible,” Evangelical Quarterly 74:1 (2002), pp. 3-25.
  30. “Evangelising Ireland: James Ussher and the Ulster Presbyterians,” Reformed Theological Journal 18 (2002), pp. 52-65.
  31. “John Gill and puritan eschatology,” Evangelical Quarterly 73:4 (2001), pp. 311-26.
  32. “Deconstructing the Geneva Bible: The search for a puritan poetic,” Literature and Theology 14:1 (2000), pp. 1-16.

Book chapters

  1. “Brethren and the reformation,” in Neil Dickson (ed.), forthcoming.
  2. “Preaching and sermons,” with David Whitla, in Ian Hazlett (ed.), A companion to the Scottish reformation (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
  3. “Calvinism and the science of the self,” in Crawford Gribben and Graeme Murdock (eds), The cultures of Calvinism in early modern Europe (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  4. “Ireland,” The Oxford history of Protestant dissenting traditions, vol. 1, ed. John Coffey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  5. “Calvin and Calvinism in early modern England, Scotland and Ireland,” in R. Ward Holder (ed.), John Calvin in context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 383-90.
  6. “The experience of dissent: John Owen and congregational life in revolutionary and Restoration London,” in Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page and Joel Halcombe (eds), Church life in seventeenth-century England: Pastors, congregations, and the experience of dissent (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019), pp. 119-35.
  7. “Bible reading, puritan devotion and the transformation of politics in the puritan revolution,” in Robert Armstrong and Tadhg O’Hannrachain (eds), The English Bible in the Early Modern World, St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 141-60.
  8. “Reformed eschatology,” in Richard Muller et al (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 259-74.
  9. “Lizzie Crawford Gillan and the Brethren in China, 1901-45: A biographical sketch,” in Neil T. R. Dickson and T. J. Marinello (eds), Brethren and mission: Essays in honor of Timothy C. F. Stunt (Glasgow: Brethren Archivists and Historians Network, 2016), pp. 287-300.
  10. “The commodification of Scripture, 1640-1660: Politics, ecclesiology and the cultures of print,” in Kevin Killeen et al (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England, 1530-1700 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 224-36.
  11. “Novel doctrines, doctrinal novels: F. A. Tatford and Brethren prophecy fiction,” in Neil Dickson (ed.), Brethren and Culture (Troon: Brethren Archivists and Historians Network, 2014), pp. 159-71.
  12. “Poetry and piety: John Owen, Faithful Teate and communion with God,” in Ian Clary and Steve Weaver (eds), The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality, Essays in Honour of Michael A. G. Haykin (Toronto, ON: Joshua Press, 2013), pp. 197-215.
  13. “The future of millennial studies: Evangelicalism, historiography and the possibility of theory,” in Kenneth G. C. Newport and Joshua T. Searle (eds), Beyond the end: The future of millennial studies (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012), pp. 1-19.
  14. “Millennialism and the renewal of nature: Thomas Fairfax, the Diggers and Andrew Marvell’s “Upon Appleton House,” in Helen Cooney and Mark Sweetnam (eds), Enigma and revelation in Renaissance Literature: Essays in honour of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012), 183-98.
  15. “Piety and polemic in evangelical prophecy fiction, 1995-2000,” in Tim Grass (ed.), The Church and Literature, Studies in Church History (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2012), pp. 477-502.
  16. “Millennialism,” in Michael A. G. Haykin and Mark Jones (eds), “Drawn into Controversie”: Reformed Theological Diversity and Debates within Seventeenth-century British Puritanism, Reformed Historical Studies (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), pp. 83-98.
  17. “Jews, Muslims and evangelical rapture fiction,” in Gribben and Sweetnam (eds), Left Behind and the evangelical imagination (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011), pp. 45-64.
  18. “Preaching the Scottish reformation,” in Peter McCullough et al (eds), The Oxford handbook of the early modern sermon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 271-86.
  19. “Religion and Romanticism,” in Murray Pittock et al (eds), Edinburgh companion to Scottish Romanticism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011), pp. 112-123.
  20. “Baptists and millennialism in early modern England,” in Anthony R. Cross and Nicholas J. Wood (eds), Exploring Baptist Origins (Oxford: Centre for Baptist history and heritage studies, 2010), pp. 101-20.
  21. “James Hogg and the demons of Scottish Calvinism,” in Chris Partridge and Eric Christianson (eds), The lure of the dark side: Satan and Western demonology in popular culture (London: Equinox, 2009), pp. 171-82.
  22. “Puritanism in Ireland and Wales,” in John Coffey and Paul Lim (eds), Cambridge companion to Puritanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 159-73.
  23. “Evangelical eschatology and ‘the Puritan hope’,” in Michael Haykin and Kenneth Stewart (eds), The emergence of evangelicalism: Exploring historical continuities (Leicester: Apollos, 2008), pp. 375-93.
  24. “Scotland,” in Gabrielle Cody and Evert Sprinchorn (eds), The Columbia encyclopedia of modern drama (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), ii. 1199-1202.
  25. “Theological literature, 1560-1707,” in Ian Brown et al (eds), Edinburgh history of Scottish literature, 3 vols (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), i. 231-37.
  26. “The future of millennial expectation,” in Newport and Gribben (eds), Expecting the end: Millennialism in social and historical context (Baylor, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006), pp. 237-40.
  27. “After Left Behind: The paradox of evangelical pessimism,” in Newport and Gribben (eds), Expecting the end: Millennialism in social and historical context (Baylor, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006), pp. 113-30.
  28. “Robert Leighton, Edinburgh theology and the collapse of the Presbyterian consensus,” in Boran and Gribben (eds), Enforcing reformation in Ireland and Scotland, 1550-1700, St Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 159-83.
  29. “Antichrist in Ireland: Protestant millennialism and Irish studies,” in Gribben and Homes (eds), Protestant millennialism, evangelicalism and Irish society, 1790-2005 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 1-30.
  30. “Puritan subjectivities: The conversion debate in Cromwellian Dublin,” Michael Brown, Charles Ivar McGrath and Tom P. Power (eds), Converts and conversions in Ireland, 1650-1850 (Dublin: Four Courts, 2005), pp. 79-106.
  31. “Introduction,” co-author, in Gribben and Stunt (eds), Prisoners of hope? Aspects of evangelical millennialism in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1880 (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004), pp. 1-17.
  32. “Andrew Bonar and the Scottish Presbyterian millennium,” in Gribben and Stunt (eds), Prisoners of hope? Aspects of evangelical millennialism in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1880 (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004), pp. 177-202.
  33. “Lay conversion and Calvinist doctrine during the English Commonwealth,” in D. W. Lovegrove (ed.), The rise of the laity in Evangelical Protestantism (London: Routledge, 2002), pp. 36-46.