Protestantism and Western Civilization

Ideas and Data

In this post, I want to document the relationship between Protestantism and the rise in Western civilization that occurred via the Industrial revolution, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution.

(In case anyone was wondering, I am not a Christian, and so these posts about religion do not reflect a bias on my part about which sect of Christianity is theologically correct).


The place to begin when discussing the influence of Protestantism is education. Protestantism, in contrast to the Catholicism, insisted that every must read, understand, and interpret, the bible, and this necessitated mass education. In this respect, Protestantism caused Christianity to become more similar to Judaism than it had previously been.

Catholic nations, which had access to a printing press early than Protestants did but did not utilize it for the purpose of mass education, eventually educated their public as well, but this was in large part a response…

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