The Renaissance. Humanism The belief that “the human being is the measure of all things,” that people and their activities are important and interesting.

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The Renaissance Slide 2 Humanism The belief that the human being is the measure of all things, that people and their activities are important and interesting. People who are not humanistic see the human being as insignificant. They place more value on God or the gods or on science or nature, etc Slide 3 Individualism The belief that you have the right to be yourself, and think for yourself. Renaissance people were members of the Church and had families; however, their own ideas and activities gave them their sense of who they really were. Slide 4 Skepticism Having a questioning attitude. It was seen as a good thing to experiment, try new things, and shake up the system. In the Middle Ages exactly the opposite had been considered right- accept, do not question, have faith. Slide 5 Well-Roundedness The belief that the ideal person was one who was interested in many things, active in many fields. Slide 6 Secularism Means worldliness or a belief in the importance of this life on Earth. Making money, traveling, and making your house comfortable are secular activities. Slide 7 Classicism Renaissance people were interested in the classical age, the time of Greeks and Romans. The classical age was a time when people were also secular, individualistic, humanistic, and questioning. Renaissance people looked back to find their roots.

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