One could feel that a saner religion had never prevailed under the sky.
Hardy finds pagan religious beliefs — like those of the Greeks and/or pre-Christian Britons — to be more fitting for life in England than Christianity.
Perhaps this sentiment is reflected in Henry VIII’s decision to leave the Catholic church and form the Church of England (or maybe he just wanted to fuck a lot of different girls who knows? Or maybe both..)
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