Augustine Worldview Essay

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During St. Augustine’s time, his political and social views had a lasting effect on the way that the world viewed religion and society. Although, the Augustinian worldview eventually ran its course, and made way for a different way of thinking. Whilst Augustinian worldview was based on St. Augustine’s beliefs in Christianity, the worldviews that took over were more so based in science. The Augustinian worldview died out due in part to the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution in the mid 1500-1600’s.
The Protestant Reformation began in the 1500’s and lasted on into the 1600’s. The Protestant Reformation was an uprising which brought about different religious, political and cultural beliefs that rivaled those of the, at the time, almighty
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There were other elements that factored into the demise of the Augustinian worldview.
The Scientific Revolution, also called the Enlightenment, was also cause for the fading of the Augustinian worldview. During the Scientific Revolution, thinkers sought to disprove the scientific beliefs that the church maintained. They instead studied the laws that they observed in the natural world around them. The Enlightenment thinkers believed that the world could be known, managed and shaped those who live in it.
To start, thinkers began to criticize the belief that the Earth was the center of the universe, a belief that was upheld by the church. One of the scientists to discover evidence to prove this was a Polish scholar by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus. In the year 1543, Copernicus wrote “On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres.” In his publication, Copernicus proposed a something that revolutionary at the time. He proposed that the Earth, in fact, was not the center of the universe, but that the sun was at the center and that Earth was just one numerous other planets that rotate around it. This theory was revolutionary, because most of the scientific knowledge at the time was based on the thoughts of classical thinkers. Although many rejected Copernicus’s findings, there were others who believed Copernicus’s theory to be
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