What were some of the social effects of the Reformation in Europe?

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The Reformation, as a huge change in Europe, naturally had many sorts of social impacts.  Let us look here at the impacts it had on education and community life.

Protestants believed that it was important for all people to be able to read the Bible for themselves if possible.  They did not want people to have to rely on priests for the word of God.  Therefore, the Reformation led to increased support for publicly-funded schools.

In Catholic communites, community life tended to center around religious ritual.  There would be elaborate celebrations for the feast days of various saints, for example.  The Protestants frowned on such things, doing away with veneration of saints and relics and such.  This made community life more sober less focused on such outward displays of faith.

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