Thomas More, the Reason Behind the Madness

I have learned that, despite his extraordinary knowledge in the field of humanism, Thomas More was still persecuted and judged as if none of it even mattered. Thomas More was very strongly opinionated when it came to humanism, and was not afraid to announce his position on matters such as the Lutheran reformation. I believe that More was not totally correct in his views on the danger of the reformation. More believed that the reformation would threaten our salvation and that it would lead to sedition (Marius 302). I disagree with More, as I believe that salvation depends on the actions and beliefs of the individual, not everyone as a whole. I do agree with More in one aspect of salvation however. More “held with all the passion of his soul that the sacred traditions of the church prove we have some choice to make about our salvation” (Marius 305).

The Humanist views came from a very strong Christian standpoint, and started to look more towards universal education (McKay). However, Thomas More viewed the whole reformation as a heresy and a threat to the unity between the church and society (Wikipedia). “More saw wrong doing only in the things Luther did and said” (Marius 303) and took continuous action against his ideas for a reformation of society. The image below depicts Thomas More wearing elegant clothing. Retrieved from http://secularright.org/SR/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Thomas-More.jpg

The reformation that More was so opposed to, would bring about absolute social equality and better education for children. It seems to me that the reformation would have actually brought the church and society closer together rather than farther apart, and that it would have no affect at all on our salvation. Better education and social equality would have made society better, and as the whole reform was based on Christian ideas and the Church as well. Personally, I would not be in favor of social equality for all, as that would be too uniform and there would not be enough diversity in the community. But I would support universal education, as it would spread literacy and change society for the better, creating more jobs and elevating the overall quality of life.

Work Cited

McKay, John. Western Society: A Brief History. London [u.a.: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. Print.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_More

Marius, Richard. Thomas More: a biography. Harvard University Press, 1999. 302-310. eBook. <http://books.google.com/books?id=DdAYSzj20t0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=thomas more biography&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r8M2T574BciIiAKdi_WmCg&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAA

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2 comments

  1. davidz123

    Hi Jack! It’s a really nice post! I like how you state your idea that Thomas More wasn’t totally right in the Renaissance. But how do you think the reformation would have brought the church and society closer together?

  2. allie0607

    Hi Jack! Great blog post and good use of your personal voice it really helps to tie all of the facts together. You mention that you support the idea of universal education in the last paragraph of your blog post, and universal education during the renaissance was often tied with the idea of humanism. So my question is, If there was a way everyone in the world could be provided universal education at the expense that the whole world would then be humanists would you support that idea? Thanks!

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