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By John D. Cox / Baylor University Press / 2007
Seeming Knowledge revisits the question of Shakespeare and religion by focusing on the conjunction of faith and skepticism in his writing. John D. Cox argues that the relationship between faith and skepticism is not an invented conjunction. The recognition of the history of faith and skepticism in the sixteenth century illuminates a tradition that Shakespeare inherited and represented more subtly and effectively than any other writer of his generation.
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John Cox offers a compelling account of the Christian premises of Shakespeare’s plays, one that seeks neither to revive the complacent politics of the Elizabethan world picture nor to drum up old factions by treating drama as coded theological polemic. Instead, Seeming Knowledge makes apparent how fully the faith informing Shakespeare’s plays registers the duplicities of false consciousness and the opacity of mortal suffering, and also how little it owes to the Reformation. This is an immensely provocative and immensely thoughtful book.
—Debora Shuger, professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles
John D. Cox (PhD, University of Chicago) is the DuMez Professor of English at Hope College.