The Rational Apocalypse of the Latitudinarians in Seventeenth-Century England

Jeongkyu Park

DEPT/SUBJECT AREA - History/ Early Modern British History

SUPERVISOR(S) - Professor John Spurr, Dr. Regina Poertner

RESEARCH DEGREE (PhD/M.Phil/MA by Research) - PhD

THESIS TITLE - The Rational Apocalypse of the Latitudinarians in Seventeenth-Century England


My PhD thesis focuses upon the apocalyptic ideas of the latitudinarians whose moderate and reasonable theology was thought to be at the forefront of their ecclesiology. It is intriguing that the latitudinarians’ providential concerns were made in the context of their theological understanding of religious matters and human history. Their way of interpreting the apocalypse also reveals part of history of ideas which has remained little touched by modern historians. This study, therefore, is to deal with the providential thought of the latitudinarians in relation to increasing demand for rational argumentation in several ways: anti-Catholicism, the hope for the true Anglican Church and the godly monarch, and providential progress of human nature. A close examination of these churchmen’s works helps to show and evaluate their endeavours to incorporate new ideas in what they had assumed in their own way.


CONFERENCE PAPERS                      

‘Millenarianism Changed: The Rational Apocalypse of the Latitudinarians in Seventeenth-century England,’ The Annual Postgraduate Conference, 'Altered States in the Arts and Humanities,' October 2015. (Swansea University)


‘The Debate over Antichrist and the Anti-Catholicism of the Latitudinarians in the Seventeenth century,’ The Annual Postgraduate Conference, ‘Harmony and Discord,’ October 2016. (Swansea University)


‘The Reformation Justified: the Apocalyptic Historiography of the Church of England in the Seventeenth-Century,’ the Seventh Annual RefoRC Conference, May 2017. (Leucorea, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany)



‘Rethinking John Locke’s Religious Toleration: in the Context of Religious Debates in England in the 1660s and 1670s,’ The Korean Journal of British Studies 30 (2013), pp. 1-32. 



Kim Hee-Kyung Scholarship Foundation for European Humanities (September 2016 – Present)