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The Austen reticence kept her from ever talking much about it.But the little she did say, and what her intimates said about her, show that she grew up to be deeply religious.That she had many priests in her life from the day she was born until the day she died – rectors, vicars, curates – those both in her immediate and in her extended family alone, provides an indication of religion’s omnipresent effect on her. She knew these priests – real and fictional – and their lives as she knew her own family.These are all ordained clergymen related to Jane Austen: father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, two brothers, two nephews, and several cousins. One man with whom she developed an incipient romantic relationship was a young clergyman, Samuel Bicknall.
To say religion pervaded Jane’s life or was a factor in her writing merely hint at what religion was to her.
Reading the various writings that do exist, and learning about her life from what sources there are, may provide some insights, foggy or not, into her beliefs and may hint at an implicit “Jane’s Theology.” Jane’s writings and writings of others provide some clues about Jane’s beliefs because her religion was part of her.
David Cecil puts it this way: Jane Austen’s religion, so her biographer discovers as he studies her, is an element in her life of the highest significance and importance.
At the day and time appointed for solemnization of Matrimony, the persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church with their friends and neighbours: and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Priest shall say Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this congregation, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God in the time of man’s innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men’s carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.
After the goal of procreation, and as a “remedy against sin,” the ceremony continues with the final aim of matrimony: “Thirdly, It was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.” Jane’s view of marriage, evident in all her novels, that goes beyond mere status, wealth, and position, is an embodiment of this ceremony’s statement that marriage is for providing “comfort,” “mutual society,” and “help.” Part II of this discussion goes further into the effects of the Book Of Common Prayer on Jane’s life.
No such thing if the title above means to cite a book or treatise written by Jane Austen herself entitled something like, “My Theology, By A Lady.” There were other working, tentative titles, not chosen, for this discussion – including “Jane’s Faith,” “J.