Was More Risking Persecution by the Church Because of Utopia? (L15)

More said many things in this book that were controversial for his time, and for our time now as well. He contradicted himself at points, and the pages were riddled with rambling run-on sentenced, and horribly written dialogues. However, this book was written in a dialect targeting intellectuals (who could read Latin); meaning that he knew his audience would be composed greatly of church officials. I do not think that he purposefully would’ve written badly of the audience he was writing to, and if he had, then he would be simply hiding behind the category of satire, not embodying it. I don’t think that More was risking persecution by the church at all by publishing this book; he holds to many of the churches religious principals as well. Utopia has a ‘creator god,’ but there is no national creed. This can appeal to every person, (even those trying to impose their religions on others can typically take a step back and respect one another.) There is also faith in a ‘future religious unity’ among Utopians. More stays in safe areas here by making sure not to undermine the Catholic church, but not necessarily following their ways in his literature either.

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