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What influences did Judaism, Christianity, the Renaissance, and the Reformation have on the rise of democratic ideas?

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To best answer this question, it is important to define democracy and understand what it means to be a democratic thinker. A democracy is defined as a government by the people, involving rule of the majority, where all citizens have an equal say. This system was devised in ancient Greece to unite rule among city-states, and then moved into Italy as well. After the fall of the Roman Empire, groups from lower social and economic classes within some Italian city-states in the thirteenth century began to demand the right to participate in government at some level, familiarizing democratic ideas to a wider audience.

Judaism’s view of human society encompasses values akin to democracy, including notions of human equality, a governing system where the highest rulers are held accountable, and the view that people have the independence to choose between good and evil. While embracing these values was not a direct driver to the formation of our modern democratic governments, each influenced...

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