The Price of Liberation in the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution


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The Price of Liberation in the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution
Throughout history, the price of liberty has all too often been steep. One cannot confuse “freedom” which more or less indicates having gotten rid of something, with “liberty”, which is a more all-consuming form of loss of fear and alien influence. Making this distinction is important because the liberation of some people during the Protestant Reformation may have freed them from the autocratic rule of the Vatican, but all too often substituted an equally autocratic, conservative and divisive theological mindset. Furthermore, the French Revolution may have rid the people of the Bourbon kings and their excesses, but instead substituted first, the Directorate...
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.....g, and the Constitution of 1791 promises liberty and freedom and equality that, unfortunately, became mere slogans during the next decade- as Napoleon became not only dictator, but eventually Emperor. The French dream of liberty, equality, fraternity so ardently promises, was only a dream. The price of liberty was all too often untenable. Both the Protestant Reformation and the French Revolution, no matter how well originally intentioned, caused more problems, agony and deaths so that the price individuals as well as states had to pay may all to often have seemed excessive. Freedom seldom is “free” and “liberation” all too often an unrealized dream.
Chapter 3- The Reformation in Europe
Chapter 12- The French Revolution