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Andrew Bradstock is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy. Andrew is both a practitioner and student of faith-based social action. In addition to holding academic posts in the UK and New Zealand he has worked for religious organisations and research centres committed to social and political engagement.

A graduate of the Universities of Bristol, Kent and Otago, Andrew taught at LSU College Southampton and King Alfred’s College Winchester (the former incarnation of this University) in the 1990s before becoming National Secretary for Church and Society with the United Reformed Church.

In 2009 he was appointed inaugural Howard Paterson Professor of Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago where he established and directed New Zealand’s first Centre for Theology and Public Issues. He has also been co-director of the Centre for Faith and Society at the Von Hügel Institute, Cambridge, and Convenor of the University of Winchester's Centre for Theology and Religion in Public Life (TRiPL).


Main publications


  • Bradstock, A. 2019 David Sheppard - Batting for the Poor: The authorized biography of the celebrated cricketer and bishop (London: SPCK).
  • Bradstock, A, 2011 Radical Religion in Cromwell’s England: A Concise History from the English Civil War to the End of the Commonwealth (London: I B Tauris).
  • Bradstock, A, 2007 Louder than words: action for the 21st-century church (London: DLT).
  • Bradstock, A, 1997 Faith in the Revolution: the political theologies of Müntzer and Winstanley (London: SPCK).
  • Bradstock, A, 1987 Saints and Sandinistas: the Catholic Church in Nicaragua and its response to the revolution (London: Epworth).

Jointly authored books

  • Davis, F, Paulhus, E, & Bradstock, A, 2008 Moral, But No Compass: Government, Church and the Future of Welfare (Chelmsford: Matthew James).
  • Bradstock, A & Trotman, A, 2003 Asylum Voices (London: CTBI).
  • Bradstock, A & Taylor, G, 2003 Essays on Political Thought (Oxford: Davenant Press).

Edited books

  • Chaplin, J & Bradstock, A (eds) 2020 The Future of Brexit Britain: Anglican reflections on national identity and European solidarity (London: SPCK).
  • Boston, J, Bradstock, A & Eng, D (eds) 2011 Ethics and Public Policy: Contemporary Issues (Wellington: Victoria University Press).
  • Boston, J, Bradstock, A & Eng, D (eds) 2010 Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters (Canberra: Australian National University e-Press).
  • Bradstock, A & Rowland, C (eds) 2002 Radical Christian Writings: A Reader (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • Bradstock, A, Gill, S, Hogan, A & Morgan, S, (eds) 2000 Masculinity and Spirituality in Victorian Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan).
  • Bradstock, A (ed) 2000 Winstanley and the Diggers 1649-1999 (London: Frank Cass)
  • Bradstock, A, & Hogan, A, (eds) 1998 Women of Faith in Victorian Culture: Reassessing the Angel in the House (Basingstoke: Macmillan)

Book chapters

  • ‘Politics, Church and the Common Good’, co-authored with H. Russell, in: K. Day and S. Kim, eds, 2017, Companion to Public Theology (Leiden: Brill).
  • ‘The Unexamined Society: Public Reasoning, Social Justice and the Common Good’, in: P. McGrail & N. Sagovsky, eds, 2015, Together for the Common Good: Towards a National Conversation (London: SCM).
  • ‘Digging, Levelling and Ranting: The Bible and the Civil War sects’ in: K. Kileen, H. Smith and R. Willie, eds, 2014 The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in England, 1520 - 1700 (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • ‘Liberation Theology’ in: C. Meister & J. Beilby, eds, 2013 Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought (London: Routledge).
  • The Bible and Public Theology’ in: N. Messer & A. Paddison, eds, 2013 The Bible: Culture, Community and Society (Edinburgh: T & T Clark).
  • ‘Diggers and Levellers’ in: B. Isakhan & S. Stockwell, eds, 2012 The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).
  • ‘“Seeking the Welfare of the City”: Public Theology as Radical Action’ in: Z. Bennett & D. B. Gowler, eds, 2012 Radical Christian Voices and Practice: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • ‘Tackling Economic Inequality’, in: J. Boston, A. Bradstock & D. Eng, eds, 2010 Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters (Canberra: Australian National University e-Press).
  • ‘“How many cyclists did I murder today?” Sin, guilt and obsessive behaviour’ in: N. Darragh, ed, 2010 A Thinker’s Guide to Sin: Talking about wrongdoing today (Auckland: Accent Publications). 
  • 'Government and Equality' in: N. Spencer & J. Chaplin, eds, 2009 God and Government: connecting political theology with political Christians (London: SPCK).
  • ‘Bunyan and the Bible’ in: R. Lemon, E. Mason, J. Roberts & C. Rowland, eds, 2009 The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in Literature (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • ‘“This Stuff Works”: Specific action to combat poverty’ in: J. Thacker & M. Hoek, eds, 2008, Micah’s Challenge (London: Paternoster).
  • ‘The Reformation’ in: P. Scott & W. T Cavanaugh, eds, 2004 The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • ‘Restoring All Things from the Curse: Millenarianism, Alchemy, Science and Politics in the Writings of Gerrard Winstanley’ in: C. Jowitt & D. Watt, eds, 2002 The Arts of Seventeenth-Century Science: Representations of the Natural World in European and North American Culture (Aldershot: Ashgate).
  • ‘Reading the Signs of the Times: Millenarian and Apocalyptic movements then and now’ in: D. Tombs, M. Hayes & S. Porter, ed, 2001 Faith in the Millennium (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press).
  • ‘Millenarianism in the Reformation and English Revolution’ in: S. Hunt, ed, 2001 Christian Millenarianism (London: Hurst).
  • ‘Towards a Theology of Solidarity’ in: M. A. Hayes & D. Tombs, eds, 2001 Truth and Memory: The Church and human rights in El Salvador & Guatemala (Leominster: Gracewing).
  • ‘“A Man of God is a Manly Man”: Spurgeon, Luther and “Holy Boldness”’ in: Bradstock et al., eds, 2000 Masculinity and Spirituality in Victorian Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan).
  • ‘“Behold, I make all things new”: History, politics and the challenge of the Millennium’ in: M. Percy, ed, 2000 Calling Time: Religion and Change at the Turn of the Millennium, (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press).
  • 'Liberation Theology After the Failure of Revolution' in C. Rowland & J. Vincent, eds, 1995, Liberation Theology UK (Sheffield: Urban Theology Unit).
  • 'A Christian Contribution to Revolutionary Praxis?' in D. McLellan & S. Sayers, eds, 1990, Socialism and Morality (Basingstoke: Macmillan).

Dictionary entries

  • ‘Christian Socialism’; ‘Diggers’; ‘Fifth Monarchists’; ‘Political Theology’; ‘Utopianism in Christianity’; in Andrew Louth, ed, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 4th ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.
  • ‘Spurgeon, Charles Haddon’, in John Powell, ed, Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1914, Westport, Connecticut/London: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Refereed journal articles

  • ‘A Theological Response to Jerry Marshall’, Rural Theology, 14 (2016),  pp. 97-101.
  • ‘Doing Theology in a Straitened Public Square’, International Journal of Public Theology, 9 (2015), pp. 212-27.
  • ‘Theological Aspects of Winstanley’s Writings’, Prose Studies, 36 (2014), pp. 32-42.
  • ‘Seeking the Welfare of the City: The contribution of theology to New Zealand’s public square’, Stimulus, 21 (2014), pp. 5-11.
  • ‘Recovering the Common Good: the Key to a Truly Prosperous Society?’, Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 44 (2013), pp. 319-343.
  • ‘Using God-Talk in a Secular Society: Time for a New Conversation on Public Issues?’, International Journal of Public Theology, 6 (2012), pp. 1-22.
  • ‘Profits Without Honour? Economics, Theology and the Current Global Recession’, International Journal of Public Theology, 4 (2010), pp. 1-23.
  • ‘Global economic crisis: Too good an opportunity to waste?’ Stimulus, 18 (2010), pp. 23-9.
  • ‘Keeping Faith in Politics: Baptists and the 1906 Election’, Baptist Quarterly, 42 (2007), pp. 340-53.
  • ‘Thomas Müntzer: Mystic and Apocalyptic Revolutionary?’, Reformation, 5 (2001), pp. 27-53.
  • ‘Introduction’ in Prose Studies, 22 (1999), pp. 1-7.
  • ‘The Earth as Common Treasury: The Diggers and the land question’, Ecotheology, 1 (1996), pp. 35-41.
  • ‘What is Liberation Theology?’, Dialogue, 5 (1995), pp. 3-7.
  • ‘Using the Bible to Do Politics’, Scripture Bulletin, 24 (1994), pp. 15-19.
  • ‘Echoing Rio at Santo Domingo’, Theology in Green, 8 (1993), pp. 27-30.
  • ‘Sowing in Hope: The relevance of theology to Gerrard Winstanley’s political programme’, The Seventeenth Century, 6 (1991), pp. 189-204.

Major book review articles

  • Review of Thomas N Corns, Ann Hughes and David Loewenstein, eds, The Complete Works of Gerrard Winstanley (OUP, 2009) in English (pub. OUP) 60 (2011), pp. 340-344.
  • ‘In Search of Inclusivity’ – review of Robert Wuthnow (ed), The Encyclopedia of Politics & Religion (Routledge, 1998) in Reviews in Religion and Theology, 6 (1999), pp. 365-370.
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