Modern European History: The Reformation

I believe the statement "The reformation was a rejection of the
secular spirit of the Italian Renaissance" is false because in the long
term of European history, the reformation was able to create a more
humanistic view of the world than that of the Renaissance humanism. There
are three major changes and philosophies that the Protestants of the
reformation incorporated which led to the long term advancement of Humanism.
These are the beginnings of "free thought" away church dogma, the
development of Capitalism, and the questioning of religious and
Governmental authorities.

Before Martin Luther's reformation the church dictated how Christians
teachings should be interpreted, even ...

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stemmed from Calvinism.
Calvinism was a religious movement which believed in the individuals
responsibility to reorganize society according to "God's plan". Max Weber,
the famous German sociologist, in his study The Protestant Ethic and the
Spirit of Capitalism, argued that these ideas led to the development of
Capitalism. Secular life was able to develop in this environment.

The last important change came from thee many people who were not
satisfied with the existing forms of Government and religious authority.
Clergy and royalty were believed to be intermediaries between God and the
common person. This meant the a king could say God told him anything and
it must be accepted. Martin Luther and many other of the early Protestants
became objects of protest for the groups not satisfied. In 1525 many of
Martin Luther's followers revolted against the German nobility. These
protestants wrote "We...take it for granted that you will release us from
serfdom as true Christians". ...

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