Enlightenment Period

Jaden Ferguson Chene Noel


Deism: was an 18th century religious philosophy based on reasoning and natural law. It was built on the Newtonian world-machine. Deism was championed by a man named Voltaire, who was considered to be the greatest figure of Enlightenment. He was known for his criticism of Christianity and his strong belief in religious toleration.

Lasssez Faire

Lasssez Faire was a doctrine based off the natural economic law that balanced out, basically like self government with the products they sell and purchased, not letting the government control them, government only had three rules protect the society from invasion defending citizens from injustice and keeping up certain work places

Social contract

Social contract: over an entire society, they're governed by General will. Individuals are forced to follow the general will rather than follow their self interests. The general will, liberty is being "achieved" by being forced to follow the general will and representing a what's best for the community. It was sought to balance the heart and mind between emotions and reasons.

Seperation of Power

the originated from the man Baron de Montesquieu a French writer because of he believed that there are three basics kinds of government republics for small states, despotism for large states, monarchies for modern size states. checks and balances were authorized through Montesquieu.


The greatest figure of enlightenment was a man known by the name of Voltaire. He came from a middle class family, and wrote many pamphlets, novels, plays, letters, essays, and histories that later on brought him fame and wealth. He was known for his criticism of Christianity and his strong beliefs in religious toleration and fought against those who were religious intolerant.

Voltaire Biography Documentary

How religion changed throughout enlightenment:?

Philosophers attacked Christian churches, even though most of Europeans were still Christians. Though, many people sought out a deeper meaning in personal relations with god. In England , Methodism, or was known as a big religious movement. In those societies, most people did good deeds and helped others work and do better in their daily life and stressed the importance of hard work and encouraged good behaviors for individuals in the community along with the society. After the death of the founder, John Wesley, Methodism became a separate Protestant group.