Why was the Renaissance considered the beginning of the modern era? Are there any attitudes or ideas from the Reformation that you can see may have been influenced by the Renaissance?

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The Renaissance was the beginning of the modern era in that it brought about the beginning of rational secular thought.  The invention of the printing press made books more affordable and more people had access to knowledge.  People began to read their Bibles for themselves and question what the Catholic Church had been claiming for centuries--this reliance on Scripture reading and personal salvation would be the backbone of the Protestant Reformation.  

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