Similarities Between The Middle Ages And The Enlightenment

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Traditional society within the Middle Ages and Renaissance were very hectic in comparison to the time period after the Enlightenment. This is mainly because, during the Middle ages and Renaissance The Church had the most control over the people and government, Religion played a huge role in everyday life and the only religion that existed was the Catholic religion. For different crimes committed, there were multiple unjust and inconsistent punishments, also people did not have equal human rights. However, after a while philosophes began to produce these Enlightenment ideas which state that all people should be treated equally, have more say in government, have more rights, and have equal punishments according to the crime committed. Enlightenment ideas…show more content…
During the Middle Ages, and even during the Renaissance democracy did not exist. The Catholic Church had absolute power over the Government as well as society in general because of the fact that so many people had not much to look forward to but going to heaven. This gave the Church the most power to rule over it’s citizens because people were afraid that if they were to disobey the Church they would be excommunicated from the Church and ultimately would not be able to go to heaven. However, during part of the Renaissance, the values of people began to change. The views of people became more secular, and the focus of education was pretty much to make a well-rounded ideal citizen, which means instead of religion being the main focus, humanism began to be shown. This would ultimately lead to the decline of the absolute power of the Church and the increase of the power of the kings and tyrants, which helped many philosophes with their Enlightenment ideas that also mentioned that people should have more say in the
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