The Folly of the Clergy Analytical Essay by Coolpower

The Folly of the Clergy
An analysis of "A Praise of Folly" by Desiderius Erasmus.
# 9771 | 1,137 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2003 in Philosophy (History) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , English (Analysis)

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The paper analyzes "A Praise of Folly", written in 1509, which expresses the views of Desiderius Erasmus toward such topics as the church, humanism and the clergy. The paper shows how Erasmus is of the opinion that popes, cardinals, priests, and monks gave in to their human temptations and did not live up to the example set by Christ.

From the Paper:

"He expressed his views through The Praise of Folly, a book that is about a muse named Folly, who acts as the vehicle through which Erasmus criticizes the church. Erasmus wrote the book to express humanist views and to criticize much of society. The book uses examples of the clergy's misdeeds to show how they cannot control their human weaknesses and demonstrated how they are not living up to Christ's example."

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