Mar 17: “Evangelical Absolutism: Breaking the Mind’s Images in the English Reformation”

Distinguished Fellow Lecture
Evangelical Absolutism: Breaking the Mind’s Images in the English Reformation
March 17 (Monday) 7:30 p.m.
Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center, Huntington Library

When we think of the history of absolutism, we tend to think politics.  James Simpson, professor of English at Harvard University and the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow, argues that the most potent tradition of early modern absolutism is rather theological, deriving as it does from Luther and Calvin’s conception of God.  Early modern English literature and visual culture responded variously and passionately to the terror of evangelical absolutism.  (Free)

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