Professor Alec Ryrie FBA

Elected 2019

Alec Ryrie is a historian of Protestant Christianity in general and of religion in early modern England and Scotland in particular. He is interested in the cultural, social, political and emotional history of religion, and has written on subjects including faith and doubt; martyrdom, violence and religious warfare; magic and deception; moderation and radicalism; childhood religious experience; and liturgy and prayer, formal and informal. He is currently researching the early history of global Protestant missions. He is co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History and (in 2019-20) president of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is also a licensed Reader in the Church of England.

Current post

Professor of the History of Christianity, Durham University; Professor of Divinity, Gresham College

Past appointments

Durham University Head of Department of Theology and Religion

Aug 2012 - Aug 2015

University of Birmingham Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Aug 1999 - Jul 2006

The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: What the defenders of the slave trade have to teach us

21 Oct 2020 The British Academy on YouTube

Professor Alec Ryrie FBA discusses the 18th-century writers who tried to mount a principled defence of the slave trade and how the arguments they used are uncomfortably reflected in the present.

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