Jonathan's Swift's Real Argument



God only knows from whence came Freud's theory of penis envy, but one of
his more tame theories, that of "reverse psychology", may have its roots in the
satire of the late Jonathan Swift. I do not mean to assert that Swift employed
or was at all familiar with that style of persuasion, but his style is
certainly comparable. Reverse psychology (as I chose to define it for this
paper) means taking arguments that affirm an issue to such a degree that they
seem absurd, and thus oppose the issue. Swift, in "An Argument [Against] The
Abolishing Of Christianity In England" stands up for Christianity, and based on
the absurdity of his defense, he inadvertently desecrates it. He sets up ...

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Swift's satirical argument
for the preservation of this fictitious religion to that which was currently
practiced, Swift asserts that their Christianity served ulterior motives, both
for the government and for the people.
If we are to prove that the government was using religion for selfish
purposes, we must be sure that it was not serving its intended purpose, the
assurance of the moral sanctity of its policies. This is quite evident in the
author's comment that if real Christianity was revived, it would be, "destroy at
one blow all the wit and half the learning of the kingdom; to break the entire
frame and constitution of things[.]" This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that
Christianity has no influence on the government's current policies. It even
seems as if the government established Church isn't completely rooted in
Christianity, as the author weakly suggests that, "[A]bolishing Christianity may
perhaps bring the church into danger." The ways that the government ...

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