A Great Period Of Time

1528 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
For a great period of time, the main source of authority in the early western world was the Bible. People lived there lives according to the bible and followed Christian tradition. “Prior to the Enlightenment, believing in God in the West was like believing in the sunrise; the answer to all the big questions of life was God” (Wade). During this time many things revolved around the bible, as did the government since the bible was the main source of knowledge. Many viewed Christianity as the centerpiece of their lives, but the view of many would soon change during the time of the Enlightenment. The enlightenment began in the early 1700’s and during this time period many people started coming up with new ideas about how the world worked. These ideas were geared towards science and reason, which challenged the traditional views of Christianity and therefore made individuals view Christianity differently. These new ideas were brought about by individuals called philosophes. There were many philosophes whose ideas had a great impact on the world, but there were three philosophes whose ideas had an immense impact. Those three would be Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Diderot, and they were known as “The 3 Great Philosophes”. Through their new ideas brought during the Enlightenment, the Enlightenment would go on to have a large impact on the Christian Faith. There is no real starting date of The Enlightenment, but it is roughly set around the time period of the early 18th century.…
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