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History has shown throughout time that man has always believed in some type of higher being or supernatural power greater than himself This is the essence of religion All religions have had doctrines that govern the people of that religion these doctrines are the principals presented for acceptance of belief Over time the doctrines need to be changed to better suit the people at that time These changes are known as religious innovations Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaton and German reformer Martin Luther were two men from two different times who contributed their religious innovations to the world changing the way some people even today view certain religions These two men shared many similarities and many differences in their views on religion The world of Aton in Akhnatons life began before he was born It was twenty-five years after the beginning of Akhnatons father reign before he was born Queen Tiy in her grief of not being able to produce a male heir must have turned from one god to another promising them many types of gifts if they would grant her a child She appeared to turn to Aton with the most confidence she vowed that if a son were granted to her she would give him to the service of that god The king growing old and weak began to no longer be concerned with state affairs so most of the power went to Queen Tiy She slowly began to bring Aton into the foreground of the kingdom While growing up Akhnaton was influenced by Queen Tiys worship of Aton The desire for change in religions was very understandable at this time The priesthood of Amon had attained such power and wealth that it became a threat to the dignity of the throne Also the cult of the God Amon didnt allow much free thought at all The upper-classes who were in a phase of religious speculation were ready for revolt against domination of the
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