5. The active inquiring mind becomes the focal point of knowledge, rather than authority, revelation, or the logical conclusions derivable from either. Reason is not abandoned by any means in the new emphasis on will; rather, reason is released to explore its new domain. The will has claimed the world and the soul as its own, and made a safe place; reason now makes sense of it.
a. In the Renaissance, finding the right method was all important. This method may be empirical (Bacon), or it may be logical (Descartes), but in both cases, we have it in us to figure the world out.
b. In the Reformation, the Bible has to make sense. To be sure, this is a sense predicated on being changed, but the human mind under the right conditions can interpret and understand.