Swift, Credulity, and the Pious Fraud
This chapter shows that Jonathan Swift remained profoundly committed to safeguarding religion's place in the social and political institutions of eighteenth-century England. In Swift's various writings on religion, fictional and nonfictional, one can see the full bloom for the English Enlightenment of religion's status as a pious fraud, a strategy that was crucially informed, once again, by a theory of religion rooted in ancient theology. This discussion explores how A Tale of the Tub succeeds in upholding the teachings of the Anglican Church.
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