The Effect of the Reformation on the Italian Rennaissance

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“The Reformation was the rejection of the secular spirit of the Italian Renaissance” Defend or refute this stamen using specific examples from 16th century Europe. Thesis: The reformation rejected the secular spirit of the Renaissance by shifting the focus of society from humanism back to God. This change was greatly helped by emergence of the Protestant Church and its beliefs. The Italian Renaissance, which occurred from about, the 13th to 16th century promoted secular spirit largely due to the idea of humanism. Humanism in the Italian Renaissance concentrated on the individual and the individual’s wants and interests. This was a big change from the middle ages. When the reformation rolled around it changed this. The reformation rejected the secular spirit of the Italian Renaissance by shifting the focus from humanism back onto God. This change was greatly helped by the emergence of the Protestant Church, the Catholic’s Society of Jesus and rulers trying to create religious uniformity. Body #1 The emergence of the Protestant Church during the 16th century made a lot of people shift their focus from themselves back onto God. Protestants did not agree with the secularism and selling of indulgences that occurred during the Renaissance. The Protestants wanted to create a more faith driven society. The Protestant church taught them to work hard and completely devote themselves to their vocation. The free and critical thinking the developed during the Renaissance became restricted as people focused more on work and obedience of God. In the Italian Renaissance religion did dominate but in way where people broadened their horizons separate from the Church, during the Reformation a constant connection to faith was promoted. Body #2 As a counter attack to the Protestant Reformation the Catholic Church launched its own reformation. The Catholic reformation was
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