How Machiavelli Takes The Religious Values Of The Current Time Period

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Machiavelli spends a great deal of time talking about the need of religion in establishing and maintaining political authority. He tells us that religion can be a tool in establishing political authority and if it receives support from the political leaders, then authoritative power can be maintained. While he recognizes the driving power behind this, he differentiates between religion that can serve and religion that can corrupt the system. With corrupting influences, the citizens could potentially come to rebel and unity would be lost. In this essay, I am going to expound on how Machiavelli takes the religious values of the current time period and attempts to tie it together with politics. Machiavelli was quite knowledgeable in the…show more content…
“Machiavelli wrote The Prince following the fall of the Florentine republic and the re-installation of the Medicis in power.” (Prof. Harkey) Given this detail, it is important to note that it made a significant impact on the society as well as the author. Machiavelli’s pushes for a government that obtains and maintains power through any means necessary. He considers himself worthy of disposing the necessary methodology under the premise that he served in modern political affairs for years and that as an individual who was ruled over, he knows what a ruler calls for. While Machiavelli’s idea of religion is not something the Catholic Church would endorse, he realizes the power it has in shaping ideals. He asks the question about whether it would be best to be feared or loved as a ruler. Personally, he expresses that it would be safer for the ruler to be feared than to be loved but if possible, he should aim to have both. His support for this idea is not unlike the agenda his ruler would have. Machiavelli believes that the nature of man is dishonest and full of greed. “They are ungrateful, fickle, simulators and deceivers, avoiders of danger, and greedy for gain.” (pg. 58) In times of conflict, the typical man would turn against his leader regardless of past loyalty. “The prince who relies entirely upon their words comes to ruin, finding himself stripped naked of other preparations. For friendships acquired by a price and not by greatness and
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