Part IV: Essay (20 pts)
To some extent I would consider today's day and age a period of renaissance, reformation, and scientific revolution. Each of these three topics can be compared in some way. However, they all also differ in some way. There are specific examples of each of these things during the renaissance period and today.
The word renaissance means rebirth. In the 1300s to the 1500s, the renaissance was known as a time of creativity and change in many areas. For example, involving things political, social, economical, and cultural. During this time, people changed the way they viewed the world and themselves. Many new ideas sparked in the renaissance period. These ideas varied from people exploring the world, a golden age in art, playwrights, a printing revolution, and Italian renaissance writers. As an example of the golden age in art, many artists used new aspects of art such as perspective, realism, lighting and shadowing, symmetry, humanism, individualism and more. I would not necessarily say that today's day and age is like this though. The renaissance period was a time of rebirth after the dark ages. However, we currently do not have something we needed to rebirth from. Still, there are constantly new ideas about many different topics from technology to home remedies. This happens without the need of a new age from a time that was dark and depressing.
The reformation during the renaissance was mainly about reforming from the Catholic Church. There were people who did not believe in the ideas of the church and decided to do something about it. For example, Martin Luther, who posted the 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg's All Saints Church. People were ready for a change because the church was in corruption so they were selling indulgences, a lessening of time a soul would have to spend in purgatory, and practicing simony, the selling of church officials. There were also three popes in the church at one time so they people were confused...
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