What is the importance of religion in Jude the Obscure?

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Religion drives two things in particular in this novel.

First, religion and religious ideas initially define Jude's self-image and later his ambition. The moral precepts of Christianity also form Jude's uncritical moral views until Sue has a chance to convince him that these views do not allow for the honest pursuit of one's truest life (if that life does not include marriage or if it means divorce, etc.). 

In the first three sections of the novel, Jude occassionally makes biblical references and also pursues a religiously founded education (for a time). He also gets most of his work as a stone mason in religious contexts - in churches. 

Jude has been...

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