Protestant, husband, father, historian, anarchist, punk, reader of good books, and beloved child of God. An Australian, married to a Romanian, and living in the United Kingdom, I work as a historian of twentieth century East-Central Europe. During the day I write about fascism, antisemitism, student movements, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. At night I read Christian classics, devotional books, theology, Biblical criticism, and the sociology of religion.
Mine is a somewhat eclectic Christianity. Though I usually worship with Protestants I write on Orthodox theology and am very at home with Roman Catholic thinkers. In the course of my travels over thirty years I have been an Anglican, a Baptist, a charismatic Methodist, a Pentecostal, a Sydney Evangelical, an emergent Presbyterian, part of evangelical and charismatic churches in Romania, and another non-denominational church in Connecticut, USA. My heart cherishes all these communities. Prayer, collective worship, Bible study, social justice, and brotherly love are all cornerstones of my faith, and I can think of no better summary of what I believe than the Lausanne Covenant.
In addition to scholarly articles on Eastern European history which you can find elsewhere on this site, my first book is entitled Holy Legionary Youth: Fascist Activism in Interwar Romania, and I have also translated Dumitru Stãniloae’s The Holy Trinity: In The Beginning There was Love into English. At the moment I am writing a book on lived religion in 1930s Romania, a bigger monograph on antisemitic student activism across Europe in the 1920s, and am translating excerpts from Gala Galaction’s journals.