Was Catholicism Responsible For The Dark Ages Essay

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Was Catholicism responsible for the Dark Ages? In history class we have read about the great ancient empires that came before us, such as the Greeks, the Romans, and the Egyptians. During our studies we also learned about , the time in between the 6th and 14th century this period has come to be known as the “Dark Ages”. Many historians believe that the term Dark Ages might not be very accurate and that the reasons behind the origins of the Dark Ages, aren’t well understood. Most were taught that christianity was what led people out of the Dark Ages. What if I told you that it might be more feasible to say that the Dark ages were created by the introduction of Christianity? What if I told you that once people began to move away from Christianity this brought about the end of the Dark Ages? The Catholic Church single handedly brought on the rise of barbarism with its need to censor everything that wasn’t Catholic this eventually led to the Dark Ages.
So what did we learn exactly about the Dark Ages of Europe from our history classes? Well we were taught that the dark ages were a period of time in which people were unenlightened. We learned that the Catholic Church was the only beckon of hope in this time period. Kings like Charlemagne were seen as the champion of his time, for influencing organization amongst the people in the form of feudalism. The Dark Ages did infact lead to the rise of what has gone on to be known as feudalism. In which landless peasants were given land…

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