Machiavelli Ecclesiastical Principalities Essay

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The Prince is Machiavelli’s guide for ruling and conquering states. Machiavelli elaborates on various ways to acquire principalities and provides the reader with a straightforward guide on how to successfully conquer and maintain control over states. Machiavelli analyses the strengths and flaws of certain paths to conquest, how to maintain a hold on power and the importance of strong arms. Machiavelli sees humans as easily persuaded and simple minded. He believes that all people want to be controlled and guided and those who control do so because their intellect is much greater than the average person. In chapter eleven, Ecclesiastical Principalities, Machiavelli elaborates on the strength and weaknesses
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Therefore, the confidence in the church is lost because people cannot agree on the fundamentals of their practices. Again, this inhibits the development of Ecclesiastical Principalities. However, it is through arms that the Church had become such an influential entity. Machiavelli states that Moses would have "never been able to make people observe his constitutions for long it he hadn’t been armed." Moses exterminates all who started believing in the golden calf while he was away conversing with God. Eliminating the unfaithful is an important rule according to Machiavelli, and Moses displays dominance and provokes fear in his subjects who are easily persuaded to obey him. As a result Ecclesiastical Principalities flourish. To summarize, arms can be an asset and a weakness to Ecclesiastical Principalities. Also, arms are only used for the acquisition of Ecclesiastical Principalities and are sustained by fear and heredity.
Heredity is a strength of Ecclesiastical Principalities. It is on the basis of heredity that Ecclesiastical Principalities develop. This principality follows practices that have grown old with religion. Machiavelli encourages heredity when he states that “a prudent man must always enter upon the paths beaten by great men and imitate those who have been most excellent.” Moses is an example of this by obeying God's word and ruled God's people according to the precedence the Lord set. Machiavelli also believes that heredity enables

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