The Enlightenment (my favorite topic)

I never heard the phrase, "the enlightenment", while attending primary and secondary schools (K-13) in Canada. Was this due to the efforts of well-meaning (but misguided) protestant teachers and/or protestant school boards? Perhaps.

Introductory Video Lectures

key people and dates (notice the year 1632)

The Scientific Revolution begins

The Age of Enlightenment (in parallel with science)

The Galileo Affair

Galileo is tried by the Catholic Inquisition then found guilty (in 1632) of publishing books stating "the Earth moves around the Sun". He is sentenced to permanent house arrest then dies 10 years later.

Lisbon in 1755

In 1755, an earthquake struck Lisbon, Portugal, on November 1 (a.k.a. all saints day). Most of the Christian community were inside cathedrals at the time, so many were killed. To make matters worse, the resulting tsunami killed even more. It is thought that the total death toll exceeded 30,000 people. European philosophers of the time, including Voltaire, wondered why the Christian god didn't delay the quake until the day after.

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Neil Rieck
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.