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 (lăt′ĭ-to͞od′n-âr′ē-ən, -tyo͞od′-)
Holding or expressing broad or tolerant views, especially in religious matters.
n. Latitudinarian
A member of a group of Anglican Christians active from the 17th through the 19th century who were opposed to dogmatic positions of the Church of England and allowed reason to inform theological interpretation and judgment.

[Latin lātitūdō, lātitūdin-, latitude; see latitude + -arian.]

lat′i·tu′di·nar′i·an·ism n.


tolerance or broadmindedness, especially in matters of religion; the liberal interpretation of beliefs or doctrines. — latitudinarian, n., adj.
See also: Religion
tolerance or broadmindedness, especially in matters of religion; the liberal interpretation of beliefs or doctrines. — latitudinarian, n., adj.
See also: Attitudes
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She is a foolish, good-natured little woman, who thinks herself clever because her husband has permitted her to travel a good deal, and has evidently been rather fascinated by the latitudinarianism of continental society.
It would have been fruitful to discuss these three texts within the context of Stuart Schwartz's argument that early modern expressions of sympathy for non-Catholic religions were a carryover from the latitudinarianism of so-called Golden Age Spain.
Judging by Mandeville's personal background and the content of Free Thoughts--the second and revised editions of which appeared only four years before his death--it is tempting to characterize him as an exponent of Dutch Remonstrantism or English Latitudinarianism.
Overall, the Johnson-Weld ticket, with its mixture of fiscal restraint and social latitudinarianism, is in fairly close alignment with Libertarian platforms past.
Its rulers also pioneered various methods and mechanisms designed to optimize control, from gathering information through a network of spies to the notion of programmatic, or at least pragmatic, toleration involving a certain latitudinarianism on the part of the state vis-a-vis the religious beliefs and practices of its subjects.
Bosworth views this book as a product of "the nascent climate of latitudinarianism in religion and political thought, and of the tentative assertion of rationality as a principle of religious enquiry, which characterize the Restoration and which find their earliest expression in the works of the Cambridge Platonists and John Locke" (p.
Cranes thesis was directly challenged by, among others, Donald Greene, ' Latitudinarianism and Sensibility: The Genealogy of the "Man of Feeling" Reconsidered', Modern Philology, 75 (1977), 159-83.
While each chapter illustrates how Richardson's heroines "transcend the generic, unidimensional identities of Grub-Street 'beauties'" (28), greater analysis of Richardson's engagement with "the assumptions of the literate culture of his day" (47) is omitted in favor of extended discussions on satire (chapter 1), prostitute narratives (chapter 3), and Latitudinarianism (chapter 4).
If I were to write a history of modernism in England my starting sentence would be: the single most important determinate of the character of modernist art in this country is the latitudinarianism of the Church of England.
Elsewhere, Warren Johnstone will surprise many with his account of the continuing importance of apocalyptic thought right at the end of the seventeenth century, and all scholars of latitudinarianism will need to read Sarah Hutton's demolition of the case for seeing Henry More as a "conservative conformist" (206) through a study of his biblical exegesis.
The Toronto statement rejects accusations of ecclesiological relativism: "There are critics, and not infrequently friends, of the ecumenical movement who criticize or praise it for its alleged inherent latitudinarianism.