Utopia: Augustine Approved

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In the novel Utopia, by Thomas More and Augustine’s City of God, both authors speak of their own opinions of the perfect world. In Augustine believes that the perfect city is one that is crafted by God and is filled with people who worship God. More, however, believes that Utopia is the best place that one can live in since it is, in essence, the perfect society. In More's Utopia, many of the ideas come from the ideas of Augustine's City of God, which is the reason why Augustine can endorse this type of earthly city. Augustine’s perfect city is the one that is created only by God and have people who worship Him and have his spirit within their body. This type of city cannot be achieved in this lifetime since we are sinners, but More’s earthly city is the city that Augustine can see the ideas of a heavenly peace and happiness because of the many beliefs that Augustine thinks a city should contain. Although this city isn't perfect, it holds the beliefs of God, order, unity of self, family, community, and justice, which Augustine finds very important to achieve the most important thing of all, peace. Although there are many different religions in Utopia, the people also practice and worship Christianity. More states that “there are several different religions on the island” (More 98) and that people were “free to practice what religion he liked, and to try and convert other people to his own faith” (More 100). These laws are synonymous with the laws Augustine would use in his city because they follow God’s commands. Augustine believes that if one is able to follow God’s commands and worship Him, then the community is one that he is able to endorse. These people have the ability to worship freely and not be criticized by others for what they believe in. This type of freedom of religion is something one can use to fully show how much one can love with
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