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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Date LEQ Enlightenment and the Church The church had always had authority and control over everything including the production and spreading of knowledge until the period of Reformation when there was an expansion of printing. People like Luther and Calvin began opening up on things they felt needed to change in the church and the church failed in its attempt to ban the production of such ideas. The ideas and works continued to spread more and the authority of the church over how knowledge was being spread kept declining. The enlightenment period, which began in the 18 th century, brought with it an increase in the printing of all kinds of texts such as books, articles, and news. The church was unable to control what was being printed as there was plenty of reading materials available at cheaper prices (Calhoun). The enlightenment period also brought with it the emergence of civic venues where there could be the spreading of ideas. People would meet in the salons and coffeehouses to share their ideas on science, literature, or philosophy which allowed the sharing of information. The church was no longer able to control what was

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