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In The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Machiavelli goes against the traditional mindset that a prince derived his power from God Machiavelli believed that the rulers were given no divine right He said that a ruler achieved his power through hid own efforts and skills The traditional thinkers believed that the ruler had to abide by Christian morals like the virtues On the other hand Machiavelli said that they did not have to abide by these Christian standards Machiavelli was in contradiction with many other beliefs of medieval philosophers and politicians Traditional medieval thinkers believed that the Christian standards of morality were the guidances to political life Traditional medieval thinkers believed that God chose the ruler and he had divinity because of that They believed that an important standard of Christianity was to be merciful They believed that the ruler was to be merciful because God wanted it that way God doesnt want the ruler to be cruel They believed that in general religion was to be the rulers method of control Everything had to do with religion when there were decisions to be made The medieval thinkers believed that the successful ruler was someone who acquired faith mercy and other Christian virtues in his rule Machiavelli went against the majority of the traditional medieval thinkers ideas Machiavelli eliminated moral principles from politics Machiavelli believed that the good ruler ignored questions of good and evil because those questions distracted the ruler from dealing with the necessities like the state Instead of using religion in a way of ruling he said religion was to be used to unite the people and to encourage obedience to law To him the successful ruler was disinterested in the issues of morality and immoralityIt is not that Machiavelli does not believe in being merciful it is just that he believes there are special occasions or situations where it should be used One of the situations was not in trying to become
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