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Age of Enlightenment

Burning Book in Church
"Every burned book enlightens the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet

Motto for the Enlightenment - "Dare to Know"

Leaders were imprisoned for their writings and were held back by government in Europe. The leaders of Age of Enlightenment were known as the philosophes.

  • Tried to convince people they were coming out from dark times to a new, enlightened age
  • Wrote many articles and books against Christain churches and Christainity
  • Said that people needed to be free to rule the world themselves
  • Censorship of the Philosophes

    Church became defensive and began censoring their works, went to government in complaint Government started censoring everything that was written or said by the philosophes.