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The Renaissance is considered the start of Modern times because it is more like today. Medieval life was kind of a dark life. In the Middle Ages, life was just a short interlude until death, and poverty was respected. The clergy were next to God. In the Middle Ages people were seen basically as scum and God was vengeful. Their whole lives revolved around God.
By the time of the Renaissance, big changes had occurred: Barbarians, the Vikings, and Magyars were gone. Now there were strong central monarchies throughout most of Europe. Papacy and feudalism had declined. People were getting sick of the old attitudes.
What Was the Renaissance?
A New World View
Why the Renaissance Started in Italy
World View of the Renaissance
A New Conception of Human Beings
Individualism. People thought it right to be themselves - the great man can shape his own destiny
Humanism. Humans are the center of the universe and the "measure of all things."
Well-Roundness. Humans could do well at many things: "The Renaissance Man."
Classicism. People revived an interest in ancient Greece and Rome.
A New Conception of the World
Skepticism. Humans began to have a questioning attitude and challenged tradition and authority.
Secularism. They believed life on earth was more important than the afterlife. There was greater emphasis on this life and less on the afterlife and on God - the world is to be enjoyed.
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