The Rebirth of Classical Culture
The word renaissance literally means “rebirth”—and the period of White history to which this refers, beginning in 14th Century Italy and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th and 17th Centuries—was just that.
It is no coincidence that this “rebirth” accompanied the end of the Church imposed Dark Ages: that the reformation in religious life not only accompanied the rebirth, but in many cases was its active cause. The rebirth that is referred to is not the Christian concept of rebirth: it in fact refers to the rebirth of study in and appreciation of the pre-Christian culture of the great Classical world—that of pagan White Rome and pagan White Greece. Although some Classical works such as those by Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, and Seneca had been preserved by cloistered monks during the Dark Ages, the thoughts, designs and concepts were not allowed to spread out into the hands of the masses.
The Christians had a well justified fear of an anti-Christian undercurrent emerging if the knowledge of great works of art and academia predating the advent of the Bible were allowed into circulation.
The Catholic Church at first tired to suppress the outpouring of interest in the pagan civilizations, with one of the Popes appointing a special inquisition to try and crush the revival in pagan works. However, the irresistible tide turned even the majority of the most fanatical Catholics, and society at large became more secular.
With this, the repression of Classical thought died away, and the Church instead tried to adjust to the new interests by positioning itself as the original champion of Classical thought, pointing to the origins of Rome rather than the Christian religion. The writings of the Church fathers were then produced and added to the line up of works to be studied along with the pagan works: from this time the humanist approach to society had its origins, one that was to lay the basis for modern Christianity.
The Renaissance, along with the Reformation, marked a turning point in the direction of European culture. It was the driving force behind the quest for new and better knowledge: a quest which led directly to the period of exploration, of sea voyages to far off lands and new lands, which in turn saw the Whites colonize North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, huge parts of Asia and parts of Africa.