Further religious division arose when John Calvin branched Puritanism and with it the work ethic of sobriety, thrift, industry, discipline and hard work (Reformation, 1). Writers, now unafraid of the church, began to attack the church and its abuses such as Francois Rabelais in his satire The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel and Erasmus in The Praise of Folly...
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Purely secular art was made popular by Pieter the Elder (Reformation). The reformation held fast the ideas of rationalism, idealism and the importance of science and nature but added the focus of a corrupt church and skepticism. A new more secular culture was evolving. The church clergy, lacking strong leadership from the pope, were part of many well-publicized scandals and anticlericalism mounted...