Brief 3 - Dr. Welch HIS 240 12/13/06 Brief three: Middle...

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Dr. Welch HIS 240 12/13/06 Brief three: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation As the European world evolved following the collapse of the Roman empire, new and better ideas were beginning to be poured into the world. Ideas from the Middle Ages, from the Renaissance, and from the Reformation all contribute to the shaping of the modern world. In the middle ages, historians began to pen history in a way reflecting of the feudal nature of society. Bede was a monk, who specialized in ecclesiastical history. By penning history in the favor of the church, Bede stresses the importance of a spiritual empire. His bias goes on to argue that because the Church is pure in its motives, that using questionable tactics, such as whoring out a virgin to sway a monarch, is a perfectly excusable tactic in bringing the barbarians and pagans to hold. Another historian to emerge in the Middle Ages was Froissart. Froissart can be used as a great example for the feudalistic system. He goes to describe and praise the code of behavior and honor that knights were to live by: chivalry. Telling a morality tale, Froissart is easily to be seen as an elitist. The knights and nobles who follow chivalry he holds in high regard and anything they do must be right. When the commoners revolt and commit atrocious activities, he condemns them as “wicked people.” Yet the knights and nobles were committed crimes just as heinous against the commoners. As a shift from the views of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas attempts to reason and rationalize faith. These two conflicting views show the progression that
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human thought has taken. Rather than just take everything on faith, people are looking for answers and concrete explanations. Rather than just assume that God exists, Aquinas goes to claim that “The existence of God can be proved in five ways.” He uses logic and reason to prove that God does in fact exist, and that those who follow the religion are
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