Week2 Pur to Enlightenment Outline

Week2 Pur to Enlightenment Outline - The Transition from...

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The Transition from Puritanism to the Age of Reason – Enlightenment Outline Notes I. Rise of Reason = Rationalism/ Enlightenment a. Increase in population = Many non-Puritans were immigrating to America, so Puritan ideas were not as popular. (ethnically diverse population) b. Increase in income = change in society; stability = $ and not God → Began to question incongruity btw. Slavery and economic necessity stretched Christian capacity. c. Cities healthier than in over-populated England, like London d. Rationalists believed God gave man the gift of reason—ability to think in a logical, ordered manner to discover scientific and spiritual truth. e. Everyone, then, had the capacity to improve his or her own life. f. Locke - “our business is to not to know all things but those which concern our conduct.” (We need to learn and experience in order to improve.) i. tabula rasa- blank slate in which experience is inscribed g. Deists also accepted allegorical interpretations of the Bible.
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2009 for the course ENGL 1302 taught by Professor Versailes during the Summer '09 term at Lone Star College.

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