Enlightenment

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  • I believe that people are born with certain inalienable rights and when the government tries to take them away it is breaking a social contract. People agree to obey the government so long as it protects our rights.
  • I believe dividing the branches of government into different parts balance each other so that no part becomes too strong or threatened by others .
  • We Both believe that God has created an orderly universe. Thriught the use of human reason the of this universe could be discovered. These laws also apply to life and society.
  • We have agreed to name this era the enlightenment
  • The American Enlightenment is used to describe a period of intellectual writing and discussion during the mid- to late-18th century, mirroring similar circumstances in Europe. Locke argued that governments were created through a social contract with the people, and a ruler who broke this contract could be legitimately deposed through violent or peaceful means. Essentially, Locke claimed that since men created governments, they could also alter or abolish them.
  • Politically, the age is distinguished by an emphasis on liberty, democracy, republicanism, and religious tolerance. Attempts to reconcile science and religion led to the growing appeal of Deism, often resulting from a rejection of prophecy, miracle, and revealed religion. 
  • The Age of Reason was written in France in the early 1790s and reached America soon thereafter. Drawing on the principles of Deism and the Enlightenment's aversion to established faiths, James Madison later enshrined religious tolerance as a fundamental American right in the United States Bill of Rights.
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