Anthony Freeman

History and Provenance

The collection was deposited at Gladstone’s Library in the early 2000s and forms part of the Library’s ‘Radical Theology’ archives, along with the archives of Don Cupitt, John Robinson, Robert Jeffrey, Jim Cotter and Eric James.

Access and Finding Aid

The archive is not currently listed on the Library’s online catalogue but basic finding aids are available on request. Please send requests to All archives and special collections can only be accessed via a Request to Read Restricted Items form, which must be submitted at least fourteen days in advance of your visit.

As this is a contemporary archive, some items may be closed to researchers. If access is possible, you will need to complete a Request to Read Closed Items form.


The archive contains the correspondence and papers of the Reverend Anthony Freeman, particularly relating to the publication of his book God in Us: A Case for Christian Humanism (1993). The collection is mainly personal correspondence between Freeman and various members of the church, as well as the Sea of Faith network and multiple individuals. The archive also holds pre-publication materials with thoughts on the manuscripts by the publisher and Freeman’s friends, as well as the Bishop of Chichester – who later dismissed Freeman against a backdrop of media interest.

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