chapter  13
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The changing educational scene

Education, in the West, received a significant boost to the rationale for its existence with the dawn of the Reformation. Early education was devoted to teaching children and adults literacy so that they could read the Bible and achieve individual salvation. Since the Bible was regarded as divinely inspired people were expected to learn unquestionably its truths – but once people learn, their learning cannot be controlled, so that there is another sense in which the Reformation was the first stage in the process of secularization that has resulted in the world that we know today. The Protestant churches, especially the more Calvinistic ones, led the way in generating the changes that were to lead to further major changes in society. It could be argued that without the Reformation there would have been no Enlightenment.