The Age Of Faith

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An age of faith is best defined as a time period when religion was the most important part of society, influencing its culture, politics, and economy. To exemplify the characteristics of an age of faith would qualify an era as an age of faith. Therefore, the era between 500 and 1400 in Western Europe, also known as the Middle Ages, could be described as an age of faith. During this time era, the Catholic Church, and specifically the pope, had much political power and helped shape Western Europe into the thriving feudalistic region that it was. Feudalism, or a class system that regulates relationships among classes of people, was furthered by the Church and helped mold daily life. Other reasons why the Middle Ages... View More »

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The Franciscan order promoted poverty, humility, and the love of God. The Dominican order promoted the lack of heresy, otherwise known as rebellion against the church, by teach the official Roman Catholic beliefs. These orders, along with the Benedictine Rule, brought back the quintessence of religion; the Benedictine Rule was a set of rules to regulate monastic life, including obedience, poverty, and chastity. The vows taken to fully devote yourself to the reform movement and the Benedictine Rule are described when Brother Gerald says, “I accept all the hardships of the monastic life, and take the vows of purity, chastity, and poverty, in the hope of heaven. . . .” (Gerald, 8). This excerpt shows that reform was taken seriously, and to be a part of it was no easy task. However, at the height of its popularity, it was part of the daily life for many people.
Because Western Europe was feudalistic at the time, daily life differed in each class, although religion was focused on from peasants to nobles everywhere. On a lord’s manor, there was always a church to go everyday and pray. Because of the amount of time spent there, the Church became a social place, and ended up taking over some responsibilities of the manor. For example, the Church set up social gatherings and universities. Many people respected the Church and its knowledge since the clergy were the only educated people; because of this, the Church held an elite status on education and was in charge of education of the wealthy. The Church played a large role in everyday life, by reason of its increasing political ...

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