The Theology of John Donne

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John Donne's prose and poetry have been discussed in theological contexts for the purposes of highlighting their devotional nature and of seeking to identify Donne's sectarian allegiance, but many critics have neglected Donne as a theologian in his own right, and his response to the religious controversies of his day. This study discusses the distinguishing features of Donne's theology, as revealed primarily in his extant sermons, and also addresses a variety of his individual sermons in context as applications of his own theological vision. The topics examined are the doctrine of the Trinity, common prayer, sight and spectacle, the doctrine of repentance, and the doctrine of grace.