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Jonathan Swift on Clergy

I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some form of persecution.

Thoughts on Religion by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist and political pamphleteer, considered one of the greatest masters of English prose and one of the most impassioned satirists of human folly and pretension.

In 1686, Swift received his B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin.   He went to England to become secretary and personal assistant of Sir William Temple.   He become an ordained priest in the Established Church of Ireland and in 1694 he was appointed to the prebend of Kilroot in the Diocese of Connor, with his parish located at Kilroot, near Carrickfergus in County Antrim.   In 1696, he returned to Temple's service.   After Temple's death, he obtained the living of Laracor, Agher, and Rathbeggan, and the prebend of Dunlavin in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.   In February 1702, Swift received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity College, Dublin.   In 1713, Swift was appointed dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

Swift was a prolific writer and traveled to London frequently.   His masterpiece, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, more popularly titled Gulliver's Travels, was published anonymously in 1726; it met with instant success.   Swift's satire was originally intended as an allegorical and acidic attack on the vanity and hypocrisy of contemporary courts, statesmen, and political parties. Nonetheless, it is so imaginatively, wittily, and simply written that it became and has remained a favorite children's book.

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