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7 – Enlightenment and Refinement The Scientific Revolution Isaac Newtons Principia Mathmatica (1686) Reduced motion and gravity to numbers and math was revolutionary Changing mindset of public Questioning inherited authority: emerges from scientific revolution and Protestant Reformation Belief in progress from credulity/superstition to “age of reason” and “enlightenment” Believed it was necessary to move beyond faith and faith alone. Reason may reinforce faith and/ or challenge truth claims Religious and intellectual toleration after the glorious revolution Wants to solve old conflicts rather than reviving them King james II was forced out that was the glorious revolution Toleration act (1689) Non- Anglican Protestants may worship freely Year after William becomes king Deregulation of Printing presses (1695) No need for prior approval of publication; allows greater participation in public sphere Post Office Act (1710) Standardizes and subsidizes transatlantic communications
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