Chapter 27. Religion

  1. Claudia L. Johnson Chair and
  2. Clara Tuite Senior Lecturer
  1. Roger E. Moore Senior Lecturer Director

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch27

A Companion to Jane Austen

A Companion to Jane Austen

How to Cite

Moore, R. E. (2009) Religion, in A Companion to Jane Austen (eds C. L. Johnson and C. Tuite), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305968.ch27

Editor Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Information

  1. Vanderbilt University, TN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149099

Online ISBN: 9781444305968



  • Jane Austen and a great deal about religion;
  • Austen's lifetime, an evangelical party rejected both Tories and latitudinarians;
  • Critics as diverse as Avrom Fleishman (1967) and Marilyn Butler (1986) - have detected the influence of evangelicalism in Mansfield Park;
  • the novel's addressing of clerical nonresidence and patronage, its consideration of the potentially corrupting effects of theatrical entertainments;
  • In The Reasonableness of Christianity - John Locke conceives of Christian faith as a belief in Jesus as Messiah and “sincere Endeavour after Righteousness”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading