In previous centuries, religious institutions were often supported by governments. This factor provided them with the means to exercise religious control over large populations, and they were often able to control even those in charge of the governments. Combined with the lack of ability to travel very far, many people...

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The split between the English and the Roman Catholic Church is often misunderstood, and many people believe that Henry VIII chose to leave the church because the Pope would not grant him a divorce. This is factual, but the Pope’s lack of acquiescence to his demands did not help matters....

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There have always been people who want clarification on any subject, but many of them throughout history have understood that questioning religious beliefs could be a dangerous subject. Those who were prepared to face the consequences were brave indeed, and many of them suffered horribly. Their questions resulted in them...

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