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Mervyn James - destruction caused by Reformation

Argues that Reformation destroyed 'socially integrative symbols' - leading to
1) spread of providentialist religion
2) consolidation of humanist education
3) spread in importance of common-law concepts
All increased individualism
Reformation 'universalised' providentialism by introducing it in state religion


According to Mervyn James, what did increased literacy induce?

A widespread desire to 'understand one's place in space and time; and the hope that, by right understanding and right action, the area of instability and recurrent disaster resulting from the rule of Fortune over history and events might be reduced’'