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Sir Thomas More Is he the morally and legally person that we think he is Sir Thomas More has been in the news a great deal recently Im sure that most of you know that he had been convicted and put to death for treason Many people probably dont know his conviction was based on the tainted testimony of Richard Rich who wanted to be as successful as Thomas Im certain Thomas would never have done anything of this nature All of the problems just kept on escalating resulting in the death of Thomas Thomas had to struggle with these problems His main struggle was remaining loyal to his king and his Holy Church King Henry VIII was seeking approval from Thomas in obtaining a divorce from his wife Catherine because she was not able to produce any heirs to the throne The King was looking for his approval because Thomas was respected by society The King already had other peoples approval The two men were in conflict because they had a fundamental difference in outlook on what constituted the right balance between the spiritual and the practical The two were Catholics Thomas was a representative of the older spirituality wherein the Church was as a sacred institution and an instrument of Gods will and which ought to be outside politics The King saw the church as a political institution one that was to bend for him in certain political matters That is basically the story The question now facing us is were his actions morally right or wrong This is an easy question to answer because Thomas overall was a morally good man He stayed true to his beliefs He saw the laws coming from natural laws created by God He thought that all laws needed to originate from the natural laws and if he was to give in to the King he would be going
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