‘Reformed theology and conformity in England’s long Reformation’

‘Reformed theology and conformity in England’s long Reformation’

Trinity College, Cambridge – Junior Parlour

21-22 November 2019

Sponsored by the Cambridge School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Cambridge School of Arts and Humanities.


Jake Griesel                            (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge)

Esther Counsell                       (Faculty of History, Cambridge)

Samuel Fornecker                   (Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge)

Alice Soulieux-Evans            (Faculty of History, Cambridge)

This symposium aims to be the first of its kind to focus on the influence of Reformed theology on understandings of conformity in the early modern English church. It will seek to interrogate how Reformed theology inspired arguments for and against conformity in the Church of England, and indeed, how conformity was defined in a post-Reformation Church wielding the powers of the civil magistrate. The symposium will draw together scholars from a range of disciplines, including historical theology and political, religious and intellectual history. Our two plenary speakers are Prof. Anthony Milton (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Jacqueline Rose (University of St Andrews).

Non-speakers are welcome to register and attend.

Register on Eventbrite here [https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reformed-theology-and-conformity-in-englands-long-reformation-tickets-69277694449].

Registration closes on Friday 8 November 2019.

For any queries about the symposium, please contact Jake Griesel (ajg218@cam.ac.uk).


Day 1 (Thursday 21 November)

09:00-09:25     Registration  

09:25-09:40     Welcome and opening  

09:40-10:40     Session 1 (Plenary)

  • Jacqueline Rose (University of St Andrews) – ‘Negotiating co-existence in early Restoration England: John Locke, Catholicism, and (non-) conformity’

10:40-11:10    Coffee Break

11:10-12:20    Session 2

  • Esther Counsell (University of Cambridge) – ‘Reformed jurisdictionalism and puritan arguments against subscription, 1583-1604’
  • Steven Foster (University of Huddersfield) – TBA

12:20-13:20     Lunch

13:20-14:30    Session 3

  • Arnold Hunt (University of Cambridge) – ‘Did the Laudians have a doctrine of predestination?’
  • Stephen Hampton (University of Cambridge) – ‘John Prideaux and the consecration of the chapel of Exeter College, Oxford’

14:30-15:40    Session 4

  • Christy Wang (University of Oxford) – ‘“Ordinances of Man” or Idolatry? John Davenport’s changing take on the Laudian ceremonial reform and his shift from conformity to Congregationalism from 1626 to 1636’
  • John Coffey (University of Leicester) – ‘From General Baptist to Arminian Conformist: Theology and Conformity in the Writings of William Allen (d. 1686)’

15:40-16:10    Coffee Break

16:10-17:20     Session 5

  • Paul Dominiak (University of Cambridge) – ‘The role of adiaphora in shifting attitudes to conformity in the English Long Reformation’
  • Niccolò Aliano (University of Edinburgh) – James Ussher’s godly circles in England: Sociability and Theological Thought in early Stuart Religion

17:20-18:30    Session 6    

  • Polly Ha (University of East Anglia) – ‘Anti-Episcopacy: the structure of a prejudice’
  • Ann Hughes (Keele University) – ‘“Walking in old Puritan steps”: the Gells of Hopton and Restoration (non)/conformity’

18:30-21:00    Optional drinks and dinner in pub (not officially part of program)        

Day 2 (Friday 22 November)

09:30-10:40    Session 7  

  • Alice Soulieux-Evans (University of Cambridge) – ‘Huguenots and the Church of England in the late seventeenth-century’
  • Hunter Powell (University of Texas) – TBA

10:40-11:10    Coffee Break  

11:10-12:20    Session 8  

  • Samuel Fornecker (University of Cambridge) – ‘The Appropriation of Continental Reformed Sources in English Anti-Remonstrant Polemic, 1674–1714’
  • Jake Griesel (University of Cambridge) – ‘Reformed orthodoxy as conformity in the post-Restoration Church of England’

12:20-13:20    Lunch  

13:20-14:30    Session 9    

  • Elliot Vernon (Independent scholar) – ‘“Bang the Bishops”? Zachary Crofton and the dilemma of Restoration dissent’
  • Johanna Harris (University of Exeter) – ‘The “purity of religion”: Sir Edward Harley’s reformed orthodoxy and Harleian lay conformity’

14:30-15:15     Coffee Break

15:15-16:15    Session 10 (Plenary)

  • Anthony Milton (University of Sheffield) – ‘Reformed conformity 1640-62’

16:15-16:30     Closing