Yale University Department of History
Flynn Cratty is a doctoral candidate in history at Yale University where he researches the intellectual consequences of religious conflict in early modern Europe. His dissertation, “The Soul in Paraphrase”: Prayer and the Changing Mental Worlds of Early Modern France and England, argues that prayer became a source of acute conflict in early modern Europe as men and women struggled to know how to pray in light of shifting ideas about God’s providence, the intercession of saints, and the possibility of miracles. Over the course of the early modern period, humanists, Calvinists, French Jansenists, English Puritans, and Enlightenment rationalists labored to place the practice of prayer on a stable intellectual foundation.
His dissertation is part of a larger research agenda on the conditions of religious belief in the early modern and modern worlds. For publications, see the research and CV tabs.