Shuger on Laudianism

Yesterday, Debora Shuger from UCLA gave a small talk on the start of a new project.  I still need to read her book on censorship, but hopefully I’ll be able to get to that soon.  It was an interesting talk.  She was using the case of a tract by Sir Thomas Browne and a few responses, one by Sir Kenelm Digby, to show that Laudianism was actually a theological big tent religion (not her words).  Rather, it was Laud’s insistence on external conformity and his own biting manner that made him appear so uncompromising (some of that was from the Q&A).  At least, that’s how I gathered it.  I’ll have to hear more before I decide what I think about it, but the project does show a lot of promise.  I’m curious to see what else she comes up with on Laudian theology.

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