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James E. Bradley

Geoffrey W. Bromiley Professor Emeritus of Church History and Senior Professor of Church History

BA, Pasadena College
BD, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Southern California

Courses Taught

CH500: Early Church History

CH502: Medieval and Reformation History

CH506: American Church History

CH517: Christian Spirituality

CH8085808: Historiography

CH816/516: Theology and Politics in Modern Society

CH801/579: The Church in Modern Society

MH700/800: Tutorial in Mission History

SP734: The Pursuit of Wholeness

SP735: Christian Spiritual Theology

SP752: Practice of Spirituality

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Eighteenth-century English church and state, the English Enlightenment, popular politics and public opinion, Christian spirituality, character formation in theological education


James E. Bradley was appointed Geoffrey W. Bromiley Professor of Church History in 1998 after teaching at Fuller Seminary for 22 years. In 2015 he was named Geoffrey W. Bromiley Professor Emeritus, and he continues mentoring students as senior professor of church history. His research focuses on the church and society in eighteenth-century England.

Bradley’s books include Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe (coeditor, 2001), Church History: An Introduction to Research Methods and Resources (2nd ed., 2016), and Religion, Revolution, and English Radicalism: Nonconformity in Eighteenth-Century Politics and Society (1990). He has contributed chapters to several works, including The Cambridge History of Christianity: Enlightenment, Reawakening and Revolution, 1660–1815 (2006), Anticlericism in Modern Britain(2000), and most recently, Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion (2009). Additionally, he has published articles in Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Journal of British Studies, the English Historical ReviewAlbion, and Parliamentary History.

In 1980, Bradley was recipient of Fuller’s C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Download Dr. Bradley’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

Featured Publications

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Historical Reflections on Substitutionary Atonement