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Professor Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper photoProfessor and Head of the School of Arts
BA(Hons), PhD(Canterbury), FRHistS

Room 1C7, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5760
Email tim.cooper@otago.ac.nz

Tim Cooper is 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.

He is a member of Dunedin City Baptist Church and preaches regularly in the church.

Teaching

  • CHTH403 The Puritans: Working out the English Reformation

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

Tim is currently co-editing with Tom Charlton a volume of the correspondence of Richard Baxter to be published by Oxford University Press in 2023. This volume will include 130 letters: 87 of them in manuscript; 43 of them published, some of them very long. They were written either to or by Baxter in 1659 and 1660, a period in which his hopes and fortunes took a disastrous turn. Once completed, the volume will comprise somewhere in the order of 500,000 words

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Publications

Keeble, N. H., Coffey, J., Cooper, T., & Charlton, T. (2020). Richard Baxter: Reliquiæ Baxterianæ: Or, Mr Richard Baxter's narrative of the most memorable passages of his life and times [5 vols] [Scholarly edition]. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 3044p.

Cooper, T. (2020). Elizabethan separatists, Puritan conformists and the Bible. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 71(4), 778-797. doi: 10.1017/S0022046919002331

Cooper, T. (2020). Congregationalists. In J. Coffey (Ed.), The Oxford history of Protestant dissenting traditions (Vol. 1): The post-Reformation era, 1559-1689. (pp. 88-112). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198702238.003.0005

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.

Keeble, N. H., Coffey, J., Cooper, T., & Charlton, T. (2020). Richard Baxter: Reliquiæ Baxterianæ: Or, Mr Richard Baxter's narrative of the most memorable passages of his life and times [5 vols] [Scholarly edition]. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 3044p.

Authored Book - Research

Cooper, T. (2020). Elizabethan separatists, Puritan conformists and the Bible. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 71(4), 778-797. doi: 10.1017/S0022046919002331

Journal - Research Article

Cooper, T. (2020). Congregationalists. In J. Coffey (Ed.), The Oxford history of Protestant dissenting traditions (Vol. 1): The post-Reformation era, 1559-1689. (pp. 88-112). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198702238.003.0005

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

Cooper, T. (2017). Richard Baxter and the Savoy Conference (1661). Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 68(2), 326-339. doi: 10.1017/S0022046916001482

Journal - Research Article

Cooper, T. (2020). Polity and peacemaking: To what extent was Richard Baxter a congregationalist? In E. Vernon & H. Powell (Eds.), Church polity and politics in the British Atlantic world, c. 1635-66. (pp. 200-221). Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Cooper, T. (2016). John Owen, Richard Baxter and the battle for Calvin in later-seventeenth-century England. Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 20(4), 63-78.

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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. [Full Paper]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

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

Authored Book - Other

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