Critics have long recognised the importance of biblical allusion and influence in Shakespearean tragedy: King Lear’s trials parallel those of the faithful Job; Hamlet’s desperate attempts to right the sins of his parents brings to mind the doctrine of original sin; Othello falls due to his over-zealous worship of the Christ-like Desdemona. For centuries scholars have noted references to biblical passages and allusions to parables and drawn conclusions regarding Shakespeare’s personal faith and evidence of society still very much in the throws of religious unrest. However, what is often overlooked in critical analysis is that in Shakespeare’s Renaissance, the Church still provided a world view dependent on cycles of chaos and regeneration. Asserting authority and quashing rebellion, God was a means of discipline and punishment, restoring order to a chaotic world. For example, consider Shakespeare’s Richard III, in which the characters appeal to God’s justice to restore the divine order.