Dr Sam Brewitt-Taylor

Dr Sam Brewitt-Taylor

  • Darby Fellow in History

Profile

I am a historian of modern Britain, with research interests in the moral and cultural transformations of the 1950s and 1960s. I studied at Oxford, where I took BA, MSt, and DPhil degrees in History in 2007, 2008, and 2013. After teaching stints at St John’s College, Lincoln College, and Plymouth University, I returned to Lincoln in 2015 as Darby Fellow in History.

College teaching

I am one of Lincoln’s three full-time History tutors, alongside Perry Gauci and Lucy Wooding. I teach a wide range of courses covering British and European History between 1815 and 2000.

Research

My research focuses on the moral revolution that Britain experienced in the 1960s. I argue that this revolution was not primarily caused by social factors, but by the sudden dissemination of radical cultural metanarratives, especially the metanarrative of ‘secularisation’, which revolutionised the imagined social landscape. I also argue that the metanarrative of ‘secularisation’ was initially disseminated in Britain by radical Christian clergymen, who alone in the avowedly Christian culture of the 1950s had the cultural authority to change Britain’s moral identity from ‘Christian’ to ‘secular’, thus unleashing a moral revolution over which they rapidly lost control.

Publications

Christian Radicalism in the Church of England and the Invention of the British ‘Sixties’, 1957-70: The Hope of a World Transformed (OUP, Oxford Historical Monographs, September 2018: shortlisted for the Ecclesiastical History Society’s 2019 Book Prize)

‘Christianity and the invention of the sexual revolution in Britain, 1963-67’, Historical Journal 60,2 (2017), 519-546.

‘From religion to revolution: theologies of secularisation in the British Student Christian Movement, 1963-73’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66,4 (2015), 792-811.

The invention of a “secular society”? Christianity and the sudden emergence of secularization discourses in the British national media, 1961-4’, Twentieth Century British History 24,3 (2013), 327-350. (Winner of the 2012 Duncan Tanner essay prize).

‘Vidler, Alexander Roper, 1899-1991, ‘Church of England Clergymen and Christian Apologist’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2012: with Matthew Grimley)