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Chapter 10 - The Renaissance

Characteristics of the Renaissance
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Sheri Larson

on 12 January 2016

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Transcript of Chapter 10 - The Renaissance

I. Characteristics
of the Renaissance

A. Contrast with the
Middle Ages
1. The Renaissance man considered the Middle
Ages ignorant, superstitious, backward,
unimportant.
B. Focus on Man
1. The Renaissance emphasized individuality,
ability, & dignity.
5. Humanism - an overemphasis on human
worth & ability, leading man to
glorify himself instead of God.
6. Because there is such a focus on man, it
leads man to assume that he is basically
good.
2. The Renaissance man loved living & lived
with enthusiasm in the present. The
future could take care of itself.
2. In Medieval times, the group was important.
3. They praised the wonders of human achievement.
4. The ideal man would be one of many
interests & talents.
7. We are created in the image of God, but
we are born in sin. We need a Savior.
8. The godly man acknowledges this; the
Renaissance man didn't necessarily.
9. Because of this, their culture had little to do
with eternal values, biblical ethics, & godly living.
c. Revival of Learning
1. Because of the complex society, men needed an education
2. There was a renewed interest in classical literature.
3. Humanities (liberal arts) became a new course of study;
those who studied it were known as humanists.
4. The goal of Renaissance education was to develop well-rounded
individuals.
5. They considered ignorance the source of evil, & education was
the remedy.
6. The Renaissance man examined ideas to see if they were
trustworthy.
7. They admired the ancient Greeks & Romans. Cicero received
special honor because of all he did & all he knew.
8. This fascination with classical culture led to a search for
ancient manuscripts.
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