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James E. Bradley

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

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

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

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

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. His research focuses on the church and society in eighteenth-century England.

Dr. Bradley’s books include Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe (coeditor, 2001), Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods (coauthor, 1995), 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 Review, Albion, and Parliamentary History

Bradley is a member of the American Society of Church History, American Historical Association, and North American Conference on British Studies. In 1980, Bradley was recipient of Fuller’s C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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