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Professor Andrew Village

Andrew spent 14 years as a research scientist studying the ecology of birds of prey before training for the Anglican ministry in 1989. From 1992 to 2004 he was in parish ministry in the Peterborough diocese, during which time he completed a PhD on the Bible and Lay People. He left parish ministry in 2004, and after working with Leslie Francis for a few years at Bangor University he moved York St John University in 2007.

His main research interests are related to the sociology and psychology of the Christian religion, and in particular the role and interpretation of Scripture. He has collaborated with Leslie Francis on several book projects and numerous research articles. He has been a fellow at WRERU since 2008 and became Professor of Practical and Empirical Theology at YSJU in 2015.

Selected publications:


Village, A. (2016). Encountering the Bible. London: SCM Press.

Village, A. & Hood, Ralph W. (Eds.). (2015). Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (Vol. 26). Leiden: Brill.

Village, A., & Francis, L. J. (2009). The mind of the Anglican clergy: Assessing attitudes and beliefs in the Church of England. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press.

Francis, L. J., & Village, A. (2008). Preaching with all our Souls. London: Continuum.

Village, A. (2007). The bible and lay people: An empirical approach to ordinary hermeneutics. Aldershot & Burlington VT: Ashgate.


Village, A. (2015). Was White right? Biblical interpretation, theological stance and environmental attitudes among a sample of UK churchgoers. Journal of Empirical Theology, 28, 1-26.

Village, A. (2015). Nature or Nurture? What makes people feel confident in faith? Rural Theology, 13, 82-93.

Village, A. ( 2015, In press). Psychological type functions and biblical scholarship: an empirical enquiry among members of the Society of Biblical Literature. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18, 605-621

Village, A. (2015). Who Goes There? Attendance at Fresh Expressions of Church in Relation to Psychological Type Preferences among Readers of the Church Times. Practical Theology, 8, 112-129.

Village, A. (2014). The relationship of psychological type to interpretations of Genesis among churchgoers in England. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6(1), 72-82.

Village, A. (2013). Traditions within the Church of England and psychological type: A study among the clergy. Journal of Empirical Theology, 26(1), 22-44.

Village, A. (2013). Biblical interpretative horizons and Anglican readers: An empirical enquiry. In C. Amos, M. Percy & I. Markham (Eds.), The Bible in the Life of the Church (pp. 143-167). Norwich: Canterbury Press.

Village, A. (2013). The Bible and ordinary readers. In J. Astley & L. J. Francis (Eds.), Exploring ordinary theology (pp. 127-136). Aldershot: Ashgate.

Village, A. (2012). The Charismatic imagination: Clergy reading Mark 9: 14-29. Pentecostudies, 11, 212-237.

Village, A. (2012). Psychological-type profiles of biblical scholars: an empirical enquiry among members of the Society of Biblical Literature. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15, 1047-1053.

Village, A. (2012). English Anglicanism: Construct validity of a scale of Anglo-catholic versus evangelical self-identification. In F.-V. Anthony & H.-G. Ziebertz (Eds.), Religious identity and national heritage: Empirical-theological perspectives (pp. 93-122). Leiden: Brill.

Village, A. (2012). Biblical literalism: A test of the compensatory schema hypothesis among Anglicans in England. Review of Religious Research, 54, 175-196.

Village, A. (2012). Biblical literalism among Anglican clergy: what is the role of psychological type? Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15, 955-968.

Co-authored as lead author

Village, A., & Francis, L. J. (In press). Measuring the contribution of Roman Catholic secondary schools to students’ religious, personal and social values. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice.

Village, A., & Baker, S. (2013). Reasons given by UK churchgoers for their stance on evolution. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 34(2), 165-177.

Village, A., & Baker, S. (2013). Rejection of Darwinian evolution among churchgoers in England: The effects of psychological type. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52(3), 557-572.

Village, A., Baker, S., & Howat, S. (2012). Psychological-type profiles of churchgoers in England. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 15, 969-978.

Village, A., & Francis, L. J. (2012). Have Anglo-catholics lost their vision for mission agencies? An empirical enquiry among newly ordained clergy in Britain. Journal of Anglican Studies, 10, 52-67.

Francis, L. J., Village, A., Robbins, M., & Wulff, K. (2011). Work-related psychological health among clergy serving in the Presbyterian Church (USA): Testing the idea of balanced affect. Review of Religious Research, 53, 9-22.