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B.A., Yale University (1990)
M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary (1995)
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary (1997)
Ph.D., University of Cambridge (2001)

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Paul Lim

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Department of History

On Research Leave 2011-12

Professor Lim is a historian of early modern and early Enlightenment England, focusing on religious and intellectual changes which manifested as longue durée consequences of Europe’s Reformations.  He has published three books in this area; most recently, Mystery Unveiled: the Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012); The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge, 2008); and In Pursuit of Purity, Unity, and Liberty: Richard Baxter’s Puritan Ecclesiology in Context (Brill, 2004).  He has recently been awarded a year-long (2011-12) Luce Fellowship in Theology for a project entitled “God’s Problems: Revelation, Providence and the Religious Other in Enlightenment England,” which will result in a major monograph and a series of articles.  

Two other areas of research in which he has keen interest are the transformation of global evangelicalism, especially vis-à-vis the challenges of modernity, and history of Catholicism in Korea.  He is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Hibernation of Gods: Evangelicals, Enlightenment, and the Long Shadow of Modernity.  For his research project on Catholicism in Korea, Lim is working on a study of the late Cardinal Stephen Kim and the surrounding issue of political and religious agency in late twentieth-century Korea.  He welcomes research students interested in the foregoing three areas of inquiry. 

Lim received his B.A. in economics and philosophy from Yale University, and Ph.D. in history of Christianity from the University of Cambridge.  While at Cambridge, he was the recipient of the Sir G.R. Elton Scholarship in History, the Lightfoot Scholarship in History, and the Archbishop Cranmer Scholarship in Ecclesiastical History.  Since then he has received grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, the Vanderbilt University Research Scholars Grant, and the Luce Fellowship in Theology.  He has delivered papers and lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, London, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, and Pomona College, as well in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Switzerland, France, Ethiopia, Kenya, China, and South Korea.  


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