The philosophes also raised objections against the decadent lifestyles of leading Church representat

The philosophes also raised objections against the decadent lifestyles of leading Church representat

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The philosophes also raised objections against the decadent lifestyles of leading Church  representatives, as well as the Church’s persistence in collecting exorbitant taxes and  tithes from the commoners to fund outlandish salaries for bishops and other Church  officials. What the philosophes found most appalling, however, was the control that the  Church held over impressionable commoners by instilling in them a fear of eternal  damnation. The philosophes may have had mixed feelings about the common people,  but they had very strong feelings against the Church. As a result, they provoked the  Church by challenging doctrines such as the existence of miracles and divine revelation,  often disproving specific tenets with simple science. The Church, in turn, hated the  philosophes and all they stood for. Complementing and enabling the socially and politically active atmosphere was the 
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