Protestant Ascendancy

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  • Literature And Criticism In A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift

    interactions between the English and the Irish and attempts to criticize both governments and even criticize the United States. However without the proper knowledge beforehand, the reader gets lost in the history behind “A Modest Proposal” and possibly misinterpret the meaning behind the convoluted work. “A Modest Proposal” has three main parts that need to be fully explained in order for the work to be fully explained: Swift’s views and opinions, the Irish relations with the English, and the Protestant and Catholic relations in Ireland during the writing of this work. It is best to look at the early 1700’s for “A Modest Proposal” as the work was published in 1729. During the time of the writing, Swift had seen a problem with Ireland and felt it needed to be brought into light through the use of satire. Jonathan Swift wrote “A Modest Proposal” during a time wrought with mass amount of poverty and insurmountable amounts of discrimination towards the Catholic faith by the Protestant church. “A Modest Proposal” details these issues by making the “proposer” highly untrustworthy and he highlights the issues by utilizing hyperbole and irony such as being excessively prejudiced towards the Catholic faith or the impoverished living in Ireland. During this time, Ireland was highly dependent on England to the point that they were simply a client of the English. Swift states in “A Modest Proposal”, “For this kind of commodity will not bear exportation, and flesh being of too…

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  • John Wyclif: The English Language

    Wyclif could disseminate his interpretation of the Bible to the laity while allowing them to also interpret the Bible for themselves. Wyclif severely accused the church of being corrupt and through his translations of the Bible, he shared the Scriptures to the general public. Of course, Wyclif’s radical ideas did not miss the attention of the public eye as well as the authority of the church and state. While he had gained many firm supporters, such as those from the lower class and John of…

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  • Creativity And Influence During The Renaissance

    After years of close-mindedness and forced ignorance, people revived creativity. These people were in a lower class who wanted to learn more, expand their understanding of the world and accomplish many great feats. Little did they know that these ideas would become popular and used throughout the world hundreds of years after its inception. As they developed they began to create new technologies people decided to question their beliefs and form new ones. Creativity and self-achievement became…

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  • Martin Luther Humor Analysis

    The Humor of Martin Luther Martin Luther was the hero of the Great Reformation. He swung a special hammer to nail the 95 Theses on the Wittenberg door. His swing ignited sparkle on the protestant churches. His hammer was made of the silver of intelligence, the iron of theology, and the gold of humor. Surprisingly, the gold in his hammer can poop and fart. Luther employed his scatological humor smartly and habitually in ecclesiastical, theological, and sociopolitical circumstances.…

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  • Impact Of Martin Luther And The Reformer On The Catholic Church

    Martin Luther was a monk in the Holy Roman Empire. Luther had paved the way to question the church, which eventually led to the big conflict with the Pope. Martin Luther thinks that the church it is not a justice place to worship God any more, since the churches are corrupted and powerful. Martin Luther have did some harm and support through his challenge of the Catholic Church, but at the end he did more harm through his challenge of the Catholic Church, he inspired violent revolt, he…

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  • The Importance Of Anabaptism In Voltaire's Candide

    During this period in history, Anabaptists were generally looked down upon, but Voltaire makes the most helpful and kind character in Candide an Anabaptist to show how useless the religious prejudices are. When Jacques the Anabaptist first appears in Candide, he immediately starts to help. “The orator`s wife thrust her head out of the window and seeing a man who did not believe that the Pope was AntiChrist, she poured on his head a full… O Heavens! … A man who had not been baptized, an honest…

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  • Luther Spiritual And Temporal Authority Analysis

    Luther’s understanding of spiritual and temporal authorities in 1523 is still prominent in the modern day government. Luther believed the bureaucratic leadership is a way to maintain order in a chaotic and sinful world even though Luther realized the state could also be dictatorial. Limits to the state are necessary for fear that the secular political power will persecute the faith. Luther stated the idea that Christian’s should not have temporal authority or law since they can rule themselves…

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  • Erasmus's Influence On The Protestant Reformation

    Reading and writing affected the Protestant Reformation greatly because it allowed the humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin to be able to gain insight on religious topics and express their opinions effectively. Erasmus of Rotterdam was a Christian humanist who lived from 1466-1536. He wrote in the Latin…

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  • The Medieval Period: The Renaissance And The Age Of Discovery

    press and created art for the common man instead of the rich. Art also looked more realistic anatomically than stylize. Overall, the Renaissance revolutionized old ideas and brought new ones into Europe. The movable type printing press was created by Johan Gutenberg. The significance of this printing press was the movable type created books faster and cheaper than writing books by hand, or using the Chinese type. This allowed people to buy books cheaper, and thus increased the literacy rate. It…

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  • Compare And Contrast Martin Luther And Protestant Reformation

    The Protestant Reformation started in the sixteenth century by individuals who felt that the traditional Catholic Church had gone against Christianity’s basic teachings. Many felt that the church had too much power over their followers and were using this power to control others and gather money. The church had been charging for indulgences, or forgiveness of sins, which was seen as fraud and greed in many individuals’ eyes. Some of the leaders in this reformation where Martin Luther and John…

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