Age Of Enlightenment: Word Of The Week

Enlightenment (Age of)

Era and philosophical movement in the 1700's.  It was essentially a negative movement that was a crusade against religion.  It was based on the idea that human life is and has always been a blind, irrational business.  However, humans have the ability to be converted into something rational.  The goal of the Enlightenment was to have humans shed their backward, primitive and barbarious ideologies of religion and God.  Essentially the Enlightenment was a revolt against the power of institutional religion and the Chrstian meta-narrative.
Source:  R.G. Collingwood (The Idea of History)
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