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The radical change in European society from an almost completely religious civilization in the early sixteenth century into a basically secular civilization by the end of the eighteenth century was a very long process which did not directly begin in the early sixteenth century The initial sign of sparks that would ignite the flame first appeared during the thirteenth century While proven visibly that in the beginning of the thirteenth century the Catholic church played a dominant role in society as was directly shown in the numerous beautiful Romanesque and Gothic churches that were erected during this time period However not as visible to the naked eye was that at the same time discontent and desire for change with the church was ravaging through the minds of the Europeans Europeans withdrew from the practices and teachings of the Catholic church which in turn promoted the church to responded with inquisitorial instruments to enforce its teachings The response from the Catholic church did not necessarily work out the way they had wanted to these inquisitorial instruments only withdrew the Europeans further than they originally were Resulting in Martin Luthers first protest against the Papacy and the Catholic church which resulted in causing the Reformation although beneficial to the previously persecuted it would set the stepping stones for social disrupt and constant political feuding between nations and peoples not only from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century but it would continue well beyond that time period influencing even the way the world works today This despise of the Papacy from the Europeans did no only bring about not only a breakaway from the Catholic Church but ultimately Christianity as a whole resulting in a almost completely secular civilization by the end of the eighteenth centurySpielvogel xxxii One of the first examples of this social disrupt between the Catholics and Protestants was that between the Catholics and the Calvanists in France during the French wars of religion While
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