Doctrine and St. John
Posted by Kathy F. on October 07, 1997 at 08:42:03:
In response to proposal, written by Emma on October 07, 1997 at 08:03:44
] I wondered how the religious beliefs of the day and in particular Brontes' beliefs were revealed in the development of Jane Eyre as a character.
What were the Brontes' beliefs? Jane obviously understands enough of Calvinistic doctrine to know it when St. John preaches it, and she doesn't scorn it, so that almost leads me to believe that the author was at least slightly Calvinistic. But she shows a good example of "good Calvinism gone bad" in St. John. He seems so sure of himself that he willingly overlooks Jane's constitution and spirit. That is not right. However sure he may be of his own future (which there seems to be too few "if the Lord wills" and too many "I will"), he cannot be so sure of that of his cousin.
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