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How Did Erasmus Use Folly to Criticize the Catholic Church

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How did Erasmus use “Folly” to criticize the Catholic Church of his Day? It may seem odd or different to admire and acclaim Folly, but there is a definite benefit to foolishness: the freedom to tell only factual information. In Praise of Folly, Erasmus put this independence to good use in repeating to the readers, a civilization significantly besmirched by mature worries, that a person is unable to serve both God and Mammon. He leveled over his irony by promising us that "there is merit in being attacked by Folly" (7), and closed with the recap that "it's Folly and a woman who's been speaking" (134), a renunciation that permitted him to be as brutal as he desired to be in his condemnation. He definitely found necessity for severity,…show more content…
"Spiritual goods" such as devout knowledge are not good business sense: "How much money," Folly asks, "can he make in business if he lets wisdom be his guide, if he recoils from perjury, blushes if he's caught telling a lie, and takes the slightest notice of those niggling scruples wise men have about thieving and usury?" (114) The traders instead displayed a sophisticated understanding to outfit their gluttony. Erasmus also criticized
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