Joseph Andrews and the Sacrifice of Isaac: Faith, Works and Anticlericalism

Stewart, Carol (2013) Joseph Andrews and the Sacrifice of Isaac: Faith, Works and Anticlericalism. Literature and Theology, 27 (1). pp. 18-31. ISSN 1477-4623

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In Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding has Parson Adams invoke Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac as a way of dissuading Joseph Andrews from an over-hasty marriage. Yet Adams is inconsolable when it seems that his own son is drowned. The episode is placed in the context of contemporary debates about the Biblical text, sacrifice and the Eucharist. Deists used the story to attack the immorality of revealed religion and the sacerdotal role of the priesthood. Fielding emerges as a defender of Anglican orthodoxy while undermining the role of the clergy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anglicanism,deism,anticlericalism,eighteenth century literature,fiction
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Research Group
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 May 2024 11:30
Last Modified: 29 May 2024 01:31
DOI: 10.1093/litthe/frs016

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