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THE MODERN WORLD: Age of Spiritual Reformation – 1500s

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Jesuit missionaries were vital to rebuilding cordial relations between Ireland and England

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Book I of the Faerie Queene features St. George and the Dragon

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The Viking invasion of the 8th Century devastated England, but left Ireland unscathed

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The goal of Faerie Queene is to fashion a noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline

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Cromwell unequivocally denounced Spenser’s genocidal recommendations for Ireland.

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The classical synthesis mixes Moses and classical conjecture for the Christian statesman.

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Missionary conversion is more effective than military conquest for long-term cultural dominion

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Top priority of the Puritan Revolution was reformation of curriculum at Oxford and Cambridge.

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Spenser was a thorough-going courtier, who rarely frequented the back roads of Britain

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Edmund Spenser was the leading poet of the Elizabethan era

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Freemasonry is essentially gnostic in nature

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William Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford Upon Avon

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Francis Bacon laid out his vision for the New Atlantis in his novella, Utopia.

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More than anything else, the works of Shakespeare made English the world’s leading language.

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Martin Luther was adamantly opposed to a man having more than one wife.

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The purpose of Jesus’s parables was to reveal Biblical truth to all the world.

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Queen Elizabeth was one in a long line of Stuart monarchs.

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For purposes of plausible deniability, Queen Elizabeth was ignorant of the Rosecrucian influence.

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Plays like The Tempest reveal the Christian nature of the Shakespeare portfolio.

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Despite repeated attempts to depose him, the bard of Stratford Upon Avon remains as always the real William Shakespeare.

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Predestination is the eternal decree of God what should befall all men, to salvation, or damnation

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More powerful than weapons that control the body, are words that control the mind.

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Noting the bloody 30-Years War over religion, America’s founders wisely set up a secular republic.

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Elizabeth represented a moderate, “middle-way” between zealous Protestants and Catholics

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Persecution of Puritans under Bloody Mary was unexpected given all the good they did for Britain

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Wycliffe was persecuted for translating the Bible into the language of the people

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There were 5 Roman persecutions, ironically one for each of the 5 “Good Emperors.”

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In the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, British Huguenots betrayed their Catholic benefactors

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Lady Jane Grey tragically adopted Caesar’s clementia and like Caesar paid with her life.

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Henry VIII was finally rewarded with a male heir, Edward VI, who reigned for many years

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As a student of Aristotle, Leonardo sought to arrive at the universal through his painting.

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Leonardo died with a frustrating suspicion that man without God is merely a useless eater.

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Like the poet, the Renaissance painter assumed the aura of a humanist prophet.

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Leonardo needed his military day job to support his art habit at night.

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Leonardo’s hectic lifestyle led to his invention of the Franklin Planner.

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The fall of Byzantium triggered the rise of Neo-Platonism

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The effect of humanism on the human soul leads inevitably to human happiness.

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Leonardo had so much to do he couldn’t get it all done.

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Leonardo studied art in order to improve his science

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Leonardo Da Vinci was so influential that the Renaissance was named after him

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According to Scripture, civil rulers have no authority over church government or practice

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Though he could not sign the Oath of Supremacy, More had no objection to the king’s divorce

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Having rejected the Bible, Socialist systems are of necessity grounded in natural law.

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Needs of the poor are simply too great for private charity, requiring state intervention.

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Thomas More was executed for insisting on independence of the church from the state.

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More died in good humor, making himself a martyr for humanistic freedom of conscious

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Socialism is theft by majority vote.

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The names “Utopia” and “Hythloday” are clues to More’s positive assessment of socialism.

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More’s Utopia is a subtle defense of socialism, mistaken for an attack on socialism.

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Thomas More defended freedom of conscience for Protestant and Catholic alike.

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The Jesuits were the missionary arm of the Papacy’s efforts to reform Catholic morals

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The Imitation of Christ was a reaction against the 14th Century Neo-Platonic revival.

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The Imitation is antinomian, replacing God’s Word with an inward subjective voice.

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The popularity of Imitation of Christ lies in its doctrine of the Priesthood of the Believer.

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Mysticism is seeking by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with God.

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The Imitation of Christ repudiates the doctrinal aberrations of the Medieval church.

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The Brethren of the Common Life movement grew out of the piety of the 14th Century

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The piety of Loyola’s Jesuits’ was derived from Brethren of the Common Life.

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A Kempis presents the believer clothed in the righteousness of Christ at the judgment.

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Thomas a Kempis presents a doctrine of works salvation

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Occam’s emphasis on particulars brought Christianity down into the real world.

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To sum it up, William of Occam laid bare the conflict between theology and rational thought.

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The disintegration of Western civilization rests on the shoulders of William of Occam

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Marsiglio of Padua applied nominalism to politics, resulting in a state divorced from theology.

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Edward I built a perimeter of massive castles in Wales to ward off Scottish aggression. (

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Simon de Monforte was the Father of the English Parliament.

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In the political realm, Occam’s Razor leads to specific applications of God’s Law.

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Occam’s philosophy is empirical, as opposed to hypothetical

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Assembling a system from its component parts to grasp its functionality is Reductionism

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Occam’s Razor requires that entities are not to be multiplied without necessity

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