“Enlightenment” Myth

There are lots of narratives to the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. The secularisation of the narrative slants it heavily, although I’m not a sure I want to discount any positive seculsrist influences – God often works in ways we don’t realise and though things and people we don’t expect. Have you read “The Book That Made Your World” by Vishal Mangalwadi? A lot of our western world can be attributed to Christianity, the Bible and their influence. Very interesting read.

Bible on Tap

enlighteners One of the most fascinating areas of the ‘enlightenment’ myth is that while the primary figures of the enlightenment, Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, Gibbon, and Hume -all being literary men and not scientists felt they could use scientific revolution as proof that there had been a great enlightenment, once the church had lost most of its influence.

The odd reality is that the primary figures of the scientific revolution were actually religious men, both protestant and catholic; Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, and Pascal.

Both the scientific figures as well as the enlightenment literary men of philosophy mentioned about have had a massive influence on the way that all western people think. There are in effect three groups of men who had a massive impact on the western modern man. 1) The group of men associated with the scientific revolution, 2) those associated with the enlightenment, 3) and finally those…

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