James C. Deming

Deminag 2012

 Associate Professor of Modern European Church History
Department of History
Private Office
Phone: 609.497.0789
Fax: 609.497.7829
Email: [email protected]


Current Position

July 1999 - Present: Associate Professor of Modern European Church History, Department of History, Princeton Theological Seminary. Courses taught: History of Christianity II: Reformation to Present; Presbyterian Confessions and Theology; Church and State in Modern Europe; The German Church Struggle; European Evangelicalism; Popular Religion/Popular Culture; Women and Religion in Modern Europe; ‘Dechristianization’ of Europe; Christianity in Modern Britain; Religion in an Age of Revolution, Revival and Reform (19th Century Europe); Ph.D. Seminars: Church and Charity in Modern Europe; Religion and Construction of Gender in Modern Europe; Religion and National Identity in Modern Europe.


• B.A. Seattle Pacific University, 1981
• M.A. University of Notre Dame, 1984
• Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1989

Dissertation “Protestantism and Society in France: Revivalism and the French Reformed Church in the Department of the Gard, 1830-1848.”

Professor Thomas A. Kselman, Director.


Religion and Identity in Modern France: The Modernization of the Protestant Community in Languedoc, 1815-1848 (University Press of America,1999).

Articles and Essays

• “Martyrs for Modernity: The Three-Hundredth Anniversary Jubilee of the French Reformation and the Catholic/Protestant Debate on the Huguenot Martyrs,” in Richard Bonney and D.J.B. Trimm, eds., The Development of Pluralism in Modern Britain and France, Studies in the History of Religious and Political Pluralism vol. 1 (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2007).

• “Philip Schaff, Europe, and American Exceptionalism,” The Journal of Presbyterian History 84 (spring/summer 2006): 46-51.

• “Moderating Modernity: Protestant Charity and Liberal Society in Nineteenth Century France,” Proceedings of the Twelfth George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation (Wellington, New Zealand: Wai-te-ata Press, 2001).

• “Women and Religion in Nineteenth-Century France,” The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, 20 (1999): 24-39.

• “Social Change, Religious Renewal and the Decline of Protestant Solidarity in the Department of the Gard, 1830-1852,” French Historical Studies 18 (Spring 1994): 700-721.

• “Church and Charity in Early Industrial France: The French Reformed Church and Public Assistance in Nîmes 1830-1852,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 20 (1993): 239-248.

• “Methodist Revivalism in France, the United States and Canada,” with Michael S. Hamilton, in Amazing Grace: Studies on Evangelicalism in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and Beyond, edited by George A. Rawlyk and Mark A. Noll. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993): 125-153.

• “The Threat of Revival to a Minority Protestant Community: The French Reformed Church in the Department of the Gard, 1830-1859,” Fides et Historia, XXI (October 1989): 68-77.

Research Interests 

Conducting the research for a book-length study of the interaction of soccer and religion in modern Europe. The church and church–related organizations, particularly in England and Scotland, played a key role in introducing the sport to the working classes in the late nineteenth century. It was not long, however, before the spread of soccer gathered a momentum of its own until today it is the most popular game in the world played and followed by hundreds of millions across the globe with a passion and attachment that in Europe seems to exceed that of religion itself. The book will examine historically the church’s involvement and response to the phenomenal popularity of soccer from the origins of the game among the alumni of Britain’s public schools in the mid-nineteenth century to the victory of the national soccer team of France at the 1998 World Cup.

Professional Activities and Affiliations 

• Area editor, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008- )
• Area editor, Religious Studies Reviews (2001-2007)
• American Historical Association
• American Society of Church History
• Area Editor - Modern Europe, Religious Studies Review
• American Catholic Historical Association
• Society for French Historical Studies