Clifford, Alan Charles
b Aldershot, Hants 1941. Fernhill County Secondary Sch, Farnborough. He served an Engineering apprenticeship in aircraft manufacturing before studying philosophy and theology at Univ Coll of N Wales, Bangor, and the Univ of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (BA, M Litt, PhD). Ordained in 1969, he served pastorates in Northampton, Gateshead, Great Ellingham (Norfolk) and Norwich, where he founded and currently ministers at the Norwich Reformed Church. He is the author of Atonement and Justification: English Evangelical Theology 1640–1790 (1990) and other historical and Reformed books, booklets and articles including work on Calvin and Cromwell and a tercentenary biography of Philip Doddridge (The Good Doctor, 2002). In 2006 his booklet on Christianity, Islam and British Politics sets some current religious debate in historical perspective; concerning Islam he is ‘utterly persuaded that radical authentic Christianity alone provides the best basis for scrutinising and assessing it.’ His first published hymn texts featured in Grace Hymns (1975) and Christian Hymns (1977), as well as a small collection Reformed Praise (2000, revised and enlarged 2004). 2 hymns are included in the 2004 CH, one of which was in its 1st edn. Nos.155, 245.