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You need to read Guests of the Ayatollah so we can talk about Iranians, lol. No, seriously, it's something that bears thinking about, especially in view of present day world events. Look into it.
Oh, I'm sure it does. I'll read it when I get a chance - which I probably won't for ages.
You need to read More's Utopia. If you get it, you'll love it. If not, you'll join the many confused readers the world over who think he was the first communist. fat chance.
Aha. Well I'm not sure trying to stave off the Protestant Revolt and all the bloody conflict it engendered is on par with laying waste to anyone who was (or wasn't, for that matter) in your way to political power.
The mindset back in More's time was very different. Now adays some people don't have a problem with capital punnishment. That's basically how they thought of the execution of the protestants. They concidered them traitors. Queen Elizabeth certainly had the same opionion of Catholics later on. Hence the reason no one questions her bloody acts. It partly came with the times and the mindset.
I recomend reading Dr. Wegemer's Thomas More: A portait of Courage.
The Protestants killed a few people, too. For example, nuns were executed for refusing to take off their habits. It was a violent time with a lot of awful things done by both sides. I don't understand why people today still choose sides and point fingers.
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The nature of canonisation is farcical at best so I wouldn't worry about More being a saint.
More saw Protestantism as a threat to the social and political order, it just wasn't about religion. He believed that if the protestants would destroy everything, hence his strong arm tactics against them. What is odd is that his Utopia envisages (almost) complete religious tolerance.
I have heard the communist link to More before but that is not unusual. Most utopias, by their nature, tend to share certain ideas with communism or anarchism.
I don't think it's odd that his Utopia contains religious tolerance. The book itself is about the faults of an utopia, and he easily could have envisioned religious tolerance as a problem.
Bookishbunny - I hear what you're saying. I think reading some of More's writings, especially when he was in the tower, such as his Dialogue of Conscience might shed some light. As jargoneer said, he was defending reason and justice in his world by his actions, and he died defending the truth. I think that, if nothing else, earns him canonization.
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