Was the early modern period in Europe a time of increasing secularization? 

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Was the early modern period in Europe (from about 1400 to about 1700) a time of increasing secularization? Or did religion remain an influential force in early modern life and thought, literature and politics-- an essential 'lens' through which they interpreted their experience?

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1500-2000 words (double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font preferred)

Your answer must consider three of the following events:

Renaissance

New World discoveries

Reformation/Counter-Reformation

Wars of Religion

Witch Hunts

17th Century Politics

Scientific Revolution

For each event that you discuss, you must support your argument with two pieces of support:

Sources must be cited in footnotes:

Quotations from primary source documents used in class must be identified using the author and title of the document and the page number, if applicable

Information from lecture can be cited using the lecture title and date

Information from the textbook or any other book or website should be cited in the appropriate format (Chicago manual of style is preferred, but any consistent format will be accepted)


Acceptable Primary Sources

Procopius – Justinian Suppresses the Nika Riot

Procopius – De Aedificis

Procopius – Secret History

Life of Muhammad

Rule of St Benedict

Life of St Guthlac

Einhard – Life of Charlemagne

Capitulary for Saxony

Luther – Letter to the Archbishop of Mainz

Luther – Address to the Christian Nobility

Ignatius of Loyola – Spiritual Exercises

De Thou – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Montaigne – On Cannibals

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THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD IN EUROPE AND SECULARIZATION

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THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD IN EUROPE AND SECULARIZATION
Was the early modern period in Europe (from about 1400 to about 1700) a time of increasing
secularization? Or did religion remain an influential force in early modern life and thought,
literature and politics-- an essential 'lens' through which they interpreted their experience?
Introduction
Not surprisingly, religion has been a subject that has posed a predicament in Europe. In
the early modern period in Europe there had been increasing secularization which was marked
insistently by modern science, Humanism, as well as periods of enlightenment. Although this
was the case there was also a distinct relationship between religion and science in which case
some philosophical arguments allowed for Christians to better comprehend the role of God in the
ever changing cosmos. As such, secularism was exercised widely in Europe more so with the
scientific revolution and enlightenment.
In the course of 1000 years in Europe the philosophies had been dominated by Christian
theologians in the medieval period and more so in the course of the 12th century where the
tradition of scholars dominated similarly. Upon the onset of the 1400’s however, Italy as well as
throughout the European region would experience the renaissance whereby it was recognize in
part as a cognitive movement that would further highlight a period in which science would reemerge similar to culture with the help of influences with a classical connotation1. Renaissance
in light of this is used to denote in sum the rebirth that would ensue forthwith. It is a period that

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Fieser, James. RENAISSANCE AND EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY. 2017.

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would therefore mark the imposition of new techniques and strategies in the fields of music, art,
literature, architecture, exploration of the world and the discovery of science. Needless to say, at
this juncture philosophy would also be integrated in part a subject of the renewal process.
Although the renaissance would end in the 1600s it would pave way for the developments of
other factions. As a result through philosophy a modern period is modified in which case this is
made possible by the Renaissance.
Renaissance was marked by a few elements such as humanis...

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