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The church had great power over people during the middle ages because it:

A. protected them in times of war
B. provided them with education
C. decided who could achieve salvation
d. controlled food production

  • History -

    With it's own laws, lands and taxes The Catholic church was a very powerful institution which had its own laws and lands. The Catholic Church also imposed taxes. In addition to collecting taxes, the Church also accepted gifts of all kinds from individuals who wanted special favors or wanted to be certain of a place in heaven. The power of the Catholic Church grew with its wealth. The Catholic Church was then able to influence the kings and rulers of Europe. Opposition to the Catholic Church would result in excommunication. This meant that the person who was excommunicated could not attend any church services, receive the sacraments and would go straight to hell when they died. >>

    C is the best answer, but it is woefully incomplete.

  • History -

    I agree. its C.

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