I began my academic career working on the religious history of eighteenth-century England. This research resulted in a monograph and in several other publications. In 1997 I began my research on Christianity and war in the modern world. This research is ongoing and I am currently focusing on the United States in the Second World War.
I have conducted extensive research on Anglicanism, Protestant Nonconformity and Catholicism in eighteenth-century England, my case study being Anglicanism and other religious traditions in the extensive parish of Whalley, England’s largest parish at that time. This work resulted in several essays and articles and in my first book The Church of England in Industrialising Society (Boydell and Brewer, 2003).