Greg Johnston and Ray Gaither

Major ideas of Enlightenment

The men of the Enlightenment were known as philosophers; these men were writers, professors, journalists, economists, and most of all, these men of the Enlightenment were social reformers.

The first major idea of Enlightenment was the Separation of Powers in which the government functioned through. In thus separation, the executive, Judaic, and legislative powers of the government, limited and controlled each other.

Laissez-faire was another major idea of enlightenment. The meaning of laissez-faire was "to let (people) do (what they want). Laissez-faire was a doctrine that stated that the state should not interrupt free play of natural economic forces by imposing government regulations on the economy.

The social contract is the last major idea of Enlightenment. The social contract is when an entire society agrees on being governed by its general will. Individuals who rebel against the social contract were forced to follow the general will.

Major figure of Enlightenment: Voltaire

Françoise-Marie also known as Voltaire grew up in a middle class family. He basically wrote an endless supply of novels plays letters witch bright him great wealth.He was known for his criticism of Christians and strong belief in religious intolerance. He believed a Mechanic (god) created the universe. He pictured the universe as a clock and god the clock maker.

Religion in Enlightenment

Religion had a great impact upon Enlightenment. Many philosophers attacked the Christian churches, most of the Europeans in the eighteenth century were still Christians In fact sought after a deeper relationship with god. It has been established that 90%-95% of people attended mass on Easter Sunday, during the time of the Enlightenment. This statistic supports the fact that religion had a great impact on Enlightenment.
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