This chapter discusses James Joyce's relation to religion by examining his misbelief. This chapter explores the misbeliever in Joyce, not because he was not a believer in the Catholic pieties, or an unbeliever of the rich complexities and intricacies of the religious thought and symbols, or an unbeliever of Catholicism, but a misbeliever who did not conform to the prescriptions of the popular belief and faith in Catholicism. While Joyce had a great respect for the Catholic Church, he was not a conformist who readily accepted the orthodox dogma and canons he learned as a youth, rather he challenged the canons from which Catholicism stands firm. This chapter looks at Joyce's misbelief wherein he explored the schisms in the church as venues for his artistic endeavours.
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