Adelaide Chapter

Religous persecution in England, by Dr Matthew James Gray, 25 October 2018.

February 16, 2022

Matthew James Gray recently completed his doctorate on religious toleration and persecution in seventeenth-century England. In this talk, he shares some of the things he learned during his studies.

Specifically, Matt argues that the dynamics of toleration were always multi-dimensional. It wasn’t just that the government had to decide whether to tolerate religious minorities; toleration and intolerance were occurring in various directions, including between the various religious groups themselves. Matt also explores

  • the attitudes of the persecutors,
  • whether they were absolutists or relativists,
  • “the cycle of intolerance”, and
  • relevance to today.

This presentation can be viewed on YouTube