What Would Shakespeare Do?

In the March edition of New English Review, our scholarly doctor explores some of the religious themes found in Shakespeare’s oeuvre.

Shakespeare doesn’t put all his cards on the table and tell us that any particular religious doctrine is true (and therefore that others must be false). But he does make one kind of religiosity, naïve and instinctive, attractive, while another kind is somewhat repellent, which is to say instrumental, hypocritical and self-interested. He favours common humanity over ambition and the lust for power.


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