What’s really been interesting and resonated with me is the idea that the Church had so much control historically and religion is the basis for many modern problems of our society. For example, as discussed in lecture, Protestantism focuses on improving yourself and constantly trying to become closer to God. This is reflected in the lack of self confidence in most people today and constant commercials and advertisements for products that will make you more attractive, smarter, successful, thinner, etc. I would never have made a connection between this and the Church. It is also amazing to me what a profound effect the availability of bibles had. What’s in the bible didn’t change, but because people were able to read and interpret it themselves they began questioning the Church and authority, leading to important social changes. Again, I would never have realized such a connection between the two.