Compare And Contrast The Confessions And The Middle Ages

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Throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the production of literature can be seen to coincide with religious turmoil and metamorphosis as seen by a number of texts written during these periods. Augustine’s The Confessions, written in Late Antiquity or the Early Middle Ages, along with Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses and Freedom of a Christian, written in the late Renaissance, provide a clear image of this trend. The Confessions, a powerful and popular work, shows the period of Augustine’s life as one of continuous change of his own faith and aspirations. Also present is an undertone of religious conflict between differing ideas of factions in the ever-growing Christian realm of Europe. Augustine experienced a torrent of ideas of faith and learning in his lifetime that led him to write about his early life as a developing man. Most of these ideas were considered a heresy or distraction, which the introduction to this text mentions was an enemy he eventually meant to “save Christianity from,” (“Confessions and Enchiridion”). In his early days, Augustine was trained to read and speak for the benefit of his own wealth and fortune; often being forced to read numerous classic Greek texts. Later years had the future bishop attempting to find a correct philosophy of Christianity in which he joins the…show more content…
Luther demanded to be debated on these issues which he thought were necessary to reform the Church. His theses were very much relevant in his time, but a number of them were echoes of problems that had been building for centuries. Such ideas are the expanded upon in The Freedom of a Christian. One might sight a problem of papal misconduct, which can be seen also in Dante’s Inferno in the slightest. Similarly, the selling of indulgences needed to be reformed for it had grown to become a morally corrupt

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