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The Faith of John Dryden: Change and Continuity G. Douglas Atkins

The Faith of John Dryden: Change and Continuity

G. Douglas Atkins

Published July 7th 2014
ISBN : 9780813150857
Paperback
208 pages
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John Drydens celebrated conversion to Roman Catholicism is revealed in this provocative study as the culmination of a lifelong search that began with his youth in an actively Puritan family. Atkins familiarity with the religious thought of theMoreJohn Drydens celebrated conversion to Roman Catholicism is revealed in this provocative study as the culmination of a lifelong search that began with his youth in an actively Puritan family. Atkins familiarity with the religious thought of the times allows him to range widely among Drydens contemporaries and predecessors and to bring a fresh perspective to those key poems in Drydens religious development: Religio Laici and The Hind and the Panther. Through a sensitive reappraisal of all Drydens texts -- including those less widely known -- Atkins shows that Dryden had a lifelong antipathy for all priests of whatever sect, whether pagan or Christian- by concentrating on the theme of Drydens opposition to the clergy and his efforts toward articulating a faith for the layman, Atkins provides an important new way of tracing and evaluating the changes in Drydens religious position and, with this perspective, offers a new interpretation of Drydens conversion.