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<i>Joseph Andrews</i> and the Sacrifice of Isaac: Faith, Works and Anticlericalism

Carol Stewart

in Literature and Theology

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 18-31
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frs016
Joseph Andrews and the Sacrifice of Isaac: Faith, Works and Anticlericalism

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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.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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