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Humanizing the RenaissanceThe Renaissance was a time of great achievements Some say that the most important achievement was the idea of perspective because it is used so frequently in art today However the Renaissance idea that is most evident today are the humanist views about a broad education curriculum Humanistic views about the study of history literature and religion are still used in schools today History was a very important issue stressed by the humanists The humanists encouraged the study of history as to not repeat the same mistakes again In the Middle Ages history was not studied The humanist believed that in the studies of history one can discover successes and flaws of their ancestors If someone knows how to become successful then they will attempt to do it If someone knows what will become a flaw they will not attempt it The humanist belief of studying history hinged on the above two statements The typical humanist studied Greek and Roman writings because they aspired to be like the Greeks and Romans Since the Greeks and Romans were very successful at what they set out to do humanists attempted to mirror some of their actions For example humanists began to take on a more worldly belief rather than a spiritual one Religion began to play an unimportant role in the daily life of a humanist Humanists would rather mirror the Greeks and Roman and spend time on philosophy prose and poetry Humanistic views on religion affected todays views very much So the humanists by and large acted as if Christianity were a myth conformable to the needs of popular imagination and morality but not to be taken seriously by emancipated minds Durant 84 The humanists accepted Christianity because it was a means of which to escape reality for normal people However since the humanists considered themselves to have free minds they never took Christianity seriously For these and other reasons there was a
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