The Enlightenment (my favorite topic)
Fact: I never heard the phrase "the enlightenment" during my years in Canadian primary and secondary schools (K-13). Was
this due to the efforts of well-meaning (but misguided) protestant teachers and school boards? Perhaps.
Introductory Video Lectures
key people and years (notice the year 1632)
Scientific Revolution begins
- Renaissance polymath and scientist, Nicolaus
Copernicus, is born in Thorn, Royal Prussia, Poland on 19 February 1473. He publishes De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) in 1543.
- Some historians mark 1543 as the beginning of the Scientific
Revolution which ends in 1687 with Isaac Newton's Principia while other historians and philosophers properly point out that there is no ending date
(perhaps "scientific revolution" should be simply relabeled "scientific age")
- Ex Catholic priest and Christianity reformer, Martin
Luther, publishes a piece critical of the scientific view because it conflicted with a literal reading of Old Testament
scripture: Joshua 10:13
comment: I present this to those modern Protestants who continue to cling to the false narrative that
Protestants are more enlightened than Catholics. In fact, all humanity has a problem whenever religious dogma
attempts to supplant scientific pragma. All religious dogma, no matter the source, is just another form of magical
thinking. The Bible is "the inspired word of religion" rather than "the literal word of God".
- Scientist and philosopher, Francis Bacon is born in
London, England on 22 January 1561.
- Enlightenment writer and scientist, René
Descartes was born in Touraine, Kingdom of France, on 31 March 1596.
The Age of Enlightenment (in parallel with science)
- The Age of Enlightenment begins in Europe
(circa 1600) as a continuation of the Scientific
- Galileo Galilei publishes a book defending heliocentrism titled Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems in Italy on February 22, 1632.
- Galileo was summoned to Rome to defend his science writings to the religious authority in September 1632.
- Galileo was arrested by the Catholic Church in 1633, charged with heresy, tried then found guilty. He lived under house
arrest until his death in 1642.
- Enlightenment writer and Doctor, John Locke is born in
Somerset, England, 29 August 1632.
- Enlightenment writer and Lens Grinder, Baruch Spinoza
was born in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic, 24 November 1632.
- The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge (now simply known as the Royal Society) was created by Royal charter under King Charles II on 28 November 1660.
- Enlightenment writer and political philosopher, Montesquieu
was born in Aquitaine, France on 18 January 1689.
- Enlightenment writer, philosopher and historian, François-Marie Arouet (a.k.a. Voltaire) is born in Paris, Kingdom of France on 21 November 1694.
- The Scottish Enlightenment (began circa
- Enlightenment writer and scientist, David Hume was
born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 26 April 1711.
- Enlightenment writer and political philosopher, Jean-Jacques
Rousseau is born in Geneva, Republic of Geneva, on 28 June 1712.
- Enlightenment writer and philosopher, Denis Diderot
is born in Langres, Champagne, Kingdom of France on 5 October 1713.
- Enlightenment writer Thomas Paine was born in
Thetford, England, February 9, 1737.
The Galileo Affair
Galileo is tried by the Catholic Inquisition and found guilty of publishing material stating, "the Earth moves around the Sun".
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