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Dialogue Concerning Heresies

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Publication of this volume brings to conclusion the Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More, a thirty-year publishing project of landmark importance in the study of humanism in Western history. The volume contains More's earliest works, probably written between 1492 and 1522, including English poems, a translation and devotional adaptation of Giovanni Frances ...more
Published April 23rd 2007 by Scepter Publishers (first published 1529)
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Alan Johnson
The bottom line of this book is that Thomas More (1478-1535) advocated, both here in theory and as a governmental official in practice, the burning and other persecution of people he considered religious heretics. This official policy of the Roman Catholic Church, strongly supported by More, was later adopted by most sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Protestant established churches to persecute those with whom they disagreed in theology. Thus, the Calvinist seventeenth-century Massachusetts Bay ...more
A tour de force of arguments based in common sense, formal reason, Scripture, tradition, and the particulars of the cases of the time. Because More is both wise and shrewd, he artfully blends the abstract and the universal with the all-to-human and the particular, so while much of the material is timeless, some of his rhetoric might not serve as a model for prudent debate in our times. Over all, an incredible work by a man of wit and wisdom that amply displays the practical wisdom and knowledge ...more
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Sir Thomas More also known as Saint Thomas More, was an English lawyer, scholar, author, and statesman. During his life he gained a reputation as a leading Renaissance humanist, a violent opponent of the Reformation of Martin Luther, and a government official. For the last six years of his life he was Lord Chancellor.
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