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Enlightenment Of The 17th And 18th Centuries

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The scientific revolution had a great impact on the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries. The greatest contribution given the Enlightenment by the scientific revolution was the notion to question the Christian dogma by means of logic, which the philosophes would take further to satirize/question their own governments in many instances as well. This went beyond the speculations some may have had in private amongst friends, to a level that would reach beyond the borders of any one nation. Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th century enabled these great thinkers to spread their theories to those not possessed of great wealth. This dissemination of ideas, inexpensively, took away the ...view middle of the document...

E., taught and condoned the geocentric model of the heavens. While the heliocentric theory did reach the ears of Church officials, it caused little controversy in Copernicus’s lifetime since the book De revolutionibus was not published until his death. To further create controversy upon the De revolutionibus publishing; Copernicus had worked in conjunction with a Protestant (Georg Joachim Rheticus) at a time when relations between Catholics and Protestants were strained, to say the least. De revolutionibus would find itself placed on an index of books banned by the Papacy until the early 19th century. Galileo Galilei was another astronomer that spread ideas in opposition to those officially sponsored by the Church.
Galileo was not only a proponent of the now heretical heliocentric theory, but also a man that dared to question the perfection of the heavens. Through his improvements on the telescope, Galileo was able to see the planets and satellites in greater detail. From here, Galileo was able to draw sketches of the moon that depicted it as rough and imperfect. This was in direct contradiction with Aristotelian view of the heavens, and subsequently the Church’s. The Church found greater problems with Galileo’s published work entitled Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. In this dialogue Galileo named his proponent of geocentrism Simplicio, as translated in Italian, which had the implication of the geocentric proponent being a simpleton. Along with the work positing heliocentrism as the correct model of the heaves, in contradiction to Scripture, the Church was furious and sentenced Galileo to house arrest for the remainder of his life. Sir Isaac Newton would prove the culmination of the scientific revolution, which given his geographic location in England would put him out of the reach of the Church’s fury.
Sir Isaac Newton, like the two previously mentioned, was an astronomer of the scientific revolution amongst other things. Newton formulated the work the Principia. With this work physics and astronomy were melded, and it was said that all theories contained in the Principia were experiments proven valid. This codified the scientific method. In order to prove natural phenomena experiments and tests were to be run to determine the outcome and the validity of theories. No longer was the natural world explained through the supernatural and thousand year old texts. The voice of reason prevailed over Church dogma through this new method of thinking, at least amongst the educated. Many of the pioneers of the scientific revolution were pious men that accepted the Church in aspects of faith, all those previously mentioned, but not in regards to the natural world. The next step, taken by the philosophes, would not only question the Church’s authority on morality, but the very governments of the philosophes’ nations.
The philosophes of the Enlightenment took this new, seemingly innovative, idea to speak out in contradiction to...

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