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Associate Professor Tim Cooper

Photo of Tim Cooper. Associate Professor
BA(Hons), PhD (Canterbury), FRHistS

Room: 4S4, Arts Building
Tel 64 3 479 5760
Email tim.cooper@otago.ac.nz

Tim Cooper is Associate Professor of Church History. He has published work on Richard Baxter and John Owen, religious identity, seventeenth-century English Antinomians and the conception of ‘radical’ religion during the English Civil War.

He teaches papers on the global history of Christianity and in 2014 received a University of Otago Teaching Excellence Award.

Teaching

The History of Christianity

The Reformation

Christianity, Society and Ministry in New Zealand

Team-taught with Professor David Tombs and Dr Lynne Baab

The Puritans

Preferred Areas of Supervision

  • Seventeenth-century English religious history
  • The Puritans
  • John Owen
  • Richard Baxter
  • The history of Christianity in New Zealand

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Main Research Interests

  • Richard Baxter
  • John Owen
  • The Puritans
  • Radical religion in seventeenth-century England
  • Intellectual history
  • Religious group identity

Current Research

In addition to several essays and articles on seventeenth-century English religious history, Associate Professor Cooper is currently working with three other editors in Britain to produce a critical edition of Richard Baxter’s 645,000-word autobiography, the Reliquiae Baxterianae, due to be published in several volumes by Oxford University Press in 2017
The Reliquiae Baxterianae Project

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Publications

Cooper, T. (2011). John Owen, Richard Baxter and the formation of nonconformity. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 343p.

Cooper, T. (2001). Fear and polemic in seventeenth-century England: Richard Baxter and antinomianism. Hants, England: Ashgate, 238p.

Cooper, T. (2014). Conversion, autobiography and Richard Baxter's Reliquiae Baxterianae (1696). Seventeenth Century, 29(2), 113-129. doi: 10.1080/0268117X.2014.892024

Cooper, T. (2010). Why did Richard Baxter and John Owen diverge? The impact of the First Cvil War. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 61(3), 496-516. doi: 10.1017/s0022046909991448

Cooper, T. (2012). Owen's personality: The man behind the theology. In K. M. Kapic & M. Jones (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to John Owen's theology. (pp. 215-226). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Authored Book - Research

Cooper, T. (2011). John Owen, Richard Baxter and the formation of nonconformity. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 343p.

Cooper, T. (2001). Fear and polemic in seventeenth-century England: Richard Baxter and antinomianism. Hants, England: Ashgate, 238p.

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Authored Book - Other

Cooper, T., & Gardiner, K. (2012). Pastoring the pastor: Emails of a journey through ministry. Tain, UK: Christian Focus, 207p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Cooper, T. (2012). Owen's personality: The man behind the theology. In K. M. Kapic & M. Jones (Eds.), The Ashgate research companion to John Owen's theology. (pp. 215-226). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

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Journal - Research Article

Cooper, T. (2014). Conversion, autobiography and Richard Baxter's Reliquiae Baxterianae (1696). Seventeenth Century, 29(2), 113-129. doi: 10.1080/0268117X.2014.892024

Cooper, T. (2010). Why did Richard Baxter and John Owen diverge? The impact of the First Cvil War. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 61(3), 496-516. doi: 10.1017/s0022046909991448

Cooper, T. (2007). Richard Baxter and his physicians. Social History of Medicine, 20(1), 1-19. doi: 10.1093/shm/hkl081

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Journal - Research Other

Cooper, T. (2008). State of the field: 'John Owen unleashed: Almost' [Review of the books Communion with God: The divine and the human in theology; Incarnation and inspiration: John Owen and the coherance of christology; John Owen: Reformed Catholic, renaissance man Trinitarian spirituality: John Owen and the doctrine of God in western devotion]. Conversations in Religion & Theology, 6(2), 226-257.

Cooper, T. (2007). Reassessing the radicals [Review of the books The precisianist strain: Disciplinary religion and antinomian backlash in puritanism to 1638; Making heretics: Militant protestantism and free grace in Massachusetts; Blown by the spirit: Puritanism and the emergence of an antinomian underground in pre-civil-war England; The English radical imagination: Culture, religion, and revolution, 1630-1660]. Historical Journal, 50(1), 241-252. doi: 10.1017/S0018246X06005991

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Cooper, T. (2014). Transformative learning in church history. In L. Ball & J. R. Harrison (Eds.), Learning and Teaching Theology: Some Ways Ahead, (pp. 201-210). Melbourne, Australia: Morning Star.

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