The Reformation was preceded by numerous changes. The progressive and renewing power of Humanism contributed to changes in the hitherto relatively stable system of beliefs (Weltanschauung). Melanchthon was strongly influenced by humanist ideals.

Map of Baltic Sea Areas from 1586

Innovations of the 15th and 16th centuries

The innovations of the time had a great impact on the changes in the way people viewed the world in the 15th and 16th centuries. Some of those many achievements were:

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