In his poem "Satire 3," what does Donne mean, in terms of freedom of conscience, when his speaker urges readers to "seek true religion"?
In John Donne’s poem titled “Satire 3,” the speaker urges readers to “seek true religion.” This advice is relevant to issues of freedom of conscience in a number of different ways, including the following:
- During Donne’s era, Christianity was divided between Roman Catholicism (on the one hand) and various Protestant sects (on the other). Protestantism, which had begun with the revolt of Martin Luther against the Roman Catholic Church, had generated, by Donne’s time, a variety of different denominations and theologies, including those of Luther, John Calvin, and the Anglican church in England. Thus people living in Donne’s time had crucial decisions to make about which church, if any, to embrace. Even though Roman Catholicism was technically illegal in Donne’s day in England, many English...
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