Alec Ryrie

Friday, June 30, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Alec Ryrie was born in London and brought up there and in Washington, DC. After a formative year teaching in a school in rural Zimbabwe, he studied History and Theology at the Universities of Cambridge, St. Andrews, and Oxford, and spent two years working as a parish assistant in the Church of England.

During his academic career he has taught at the University of Birmingham, UK, and served two fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library.  He is now Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University in the UK, where he was Head of the Department of Theology and Religion from 2012-15, and is also currently Visiting Professor in the History of Religion at Gresham College, London. A licensed Reader (lay preacher) in the Church of England, he specializes in the history and the spirituality of the Reformation era in England and Scotland, but he also has interests in the history of Protestantism more widely: in the history of religious tolerance and intolerance, and in the historical relationships among religion, science, and magic.

Professor Ryrie is co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History and is the author of six books, most recently Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World (2017), and also The Sorcerer’s Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England (2008), The Age of Reformation (2009, 2nd edition 2017) and the prizewinning Being Protestant in Reformation Britain (2013).  His current research is on the history of the experience of religious doubt and unbelief. 

Alec has been married to Victoria since 1995. They live in a windswept house in the Pennine hills with their sons Ben and Adam, aged 11 and 8, and their two cats.