Sunday, September 21, 2008

Relationships Between the Press, Humanism, Renaissance, and Protestant Reformation

Discuss the relationships between the invention of the printing press, Humanism, the Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation.

The relationships between the invention of the printing press, Humanism, the Renaissance, and the Protestant Reformation are as follows: To start, the printing press invention was what paved the way for written communication. The way of writing became more common among people. It was not just a way of the rich, and or churches it was the way of the common man too.

The printing press could be used to improve communication among all people. This is to be considered Humanism and a way of the Renaissance. Humanism: is the revival of classical letters characteristic of the Renaissance. The Printing Press was created and in turn influenced scholarly human values. It taught humanity another way to communicate or made it easier to communicate threw lettering of the Renaissance. It states in our text on page 55, “The every day life of the people had found its way into the margins of religious books. Some historians have seen this as an early indication of an approaching renaissance humanism, with its concern for the quality of human life on earth.”

Printing typography threw the printing press made learning more private rather than communal. People were not learning as much from hearing about different things they were reading about them. It created less human relationship because people were creating more of a relationship with the printings from the press. In my opinion it made people a little more independent. Independent in the sense that they could choose to pick up a printed book and learn something that maybe they did not know.

Gutenberg’s press and system went unchanged for about four hundred years with only moderate improvements according to our text. The press was the start of the modern era. The Protestant Reformation was to follow. The religious movement marked by the establishment of the Protestant churches. Common people could read and make their own interpretation of what they thought the Bible was saying.

Misty J Slavens

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