Who were you to question their divine right Their only knowledge of European

Who were you to question their divine right their

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culture were those imposed by the monarchs. The European population was influenced by superstition, and the fear of an angry God's punishments if not loyal to the authorities, who's only
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concern was about themselves and not in the best interest of their people. Unable to read scriptures or law, most were illiterate, they had to chose to obey or not to obey – challenging the authority of the king or the church often resulted in a slow and painful death. Galileo, for example, was imprisoned for life when he was accused, by religious authorities, of challenging scripture when he announced the Earth revolves around the Sun. Being a religious man himself, he would not undermine the Bible. England, plagued by political turmoil and a series of failed governments in the 1600's disrupted the English monarchy.The published works from Locke, along with other European contributors including, The Baron de Montesquieu proposed society would benefit from a separation of powers, among executives, legislative, and judicial branches of government, not governed by one individual. Jean-Jacques Rousseau went so far as to suggest society should be ruled by the 'general will' of the people, essentially advocating for direct democracy. Inspiring people to question, if the church was incorrect about the natural world or even the Bible, their had be inaccuracies about other implications. Martin Luther even accused the established church of interpreting the Bible incorrectly. His protest led to the Protestant Reformation and broke the monopoly of power held by the Catholic Church. This gave rise to a completely new way of thinking. Instead of trying to understand how God orchestrated everything in their lives, people started to question, how they were going to shape their own surrounding world? Energizing a new found emphasis on scientific discovery and passion for higher education. Now, Europeans, whether in their native lands or America, weren't so willing to accept just reading about experiments by others, they wanted to find answers themselves. Especially teachings instituted by authorities. The people's achievements were now being supported with this new way of thinking. A monumental change in history was about to unfold, known as, The Age of Reason or the Enlightenment. This era
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laid the foundation for scientific, rather than religious, world view. (U.S. History.org. Copyright 2018)News about The Enlightenment, progressed through the port cities reaching the colonies. At first, such philosophy circulated only among the educated elite. Until, the most significant single figure of the Enlightenment in America, Benjamin Franklin, took it upon himself to print inexpensive pamphlets and newspapers to spread the ideas quickly. To entertain the colonist's and instill Enlightenment values he published,Poor Richard's Almanack. Americans, almost immediately, put these values into practice, while Europe deliberated, filtered and consulted overfor a century. The Enlightenment was shaping the minds of 18th-century colonists.
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