and I represented theCFH and made presentations at an exciting
residential conference on "Christian Historical Writingfor the Twenty-
first Century" in Offchurch, Warwickshire, sponsoredby the British Study
Group on Christianity and History. The leading light of theSGCH, John
Wolffe of the Open University, brought together some 35British and
international participants, including DonaldLewis (Canada), Mark
Hutchinson (Australia), and Roel Kuiper (Netherlands).
Of possible significance to the long run activities of theCFH, a
smaller group of us met informally at theSGCH conference to explore
ways and formulate concrete ideas on how we candevelop and extend
international connections among evangelical Christian historians.
Among the items we considered were:
1)Developing materialsand resources that can be shared
widely, e.g.,a guide to research collections on Christian historical topics
country by country, an annotatedbibliography of books and articles on
Christian history theme, and small-scale biographical sketchesof lesser-
2)Encouraging the constructionof websites by the various
national groups which can make available informationto all the others.
Things that might be included on it would be: notices of future
conferences and colloquia, the ongoing projects of individual scholars,
addresses of the members, and useful bibliography.
3)The desirabilityof developing some sort of overall
organization that would have an institutional base somewhere and
thereby have continuity. Communications could be maintained by e-mail,
so that all could be informed instantly of plans and projects.
4)The holdingof an internationalconference in the near
future--most likely 2002--as thatwould follow nicely on the heels of the
Currents in World Christianity meeting in Cambridge September 2000and
Pretoria in July 2001. The Dutch colleagues would be encouraged to
sponsor this. A possible theme might bepietism, nationalism, and
international identity and community.
5)Seeking sources of funding. A number of possibilities were
mentioned and it was agreed that some key people at foundations would