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Declaring an Open Season on the Wisdom of the Ages By Robert Wernick Many of us look at an encyclopedia and look at it as just another book or a piece of literature not knowing how it all came about It was written about 250 years ago in France by a group of very educated men and one woman this book that some of us view as simple took about a quarter of a century to be written The article Declaring an Open Season on the Wisdom of the Ages written by Robert Wernick is about the history of the encyclopedia also know as the encyclopedie and how it affected France and the World The purpose of the encyclopedie was to change the way people think The philosophos used the encyclopedie to attack religion which made for a more humane society To many people this book was absurd a threat to society especially to the Church which played a large role in European life two hundred fifty years ago They did not want any type of literature that would affect the way people thought about Christianity The Church feared the encyclopedie would draw attention away from Christianity The encyclopedie distinguished between Science and Religion Pope Clement XIII wanted the encyclopedie to be a prohibited book many books have been prohibited already He ordered all the Catholics who owned a copy of the encyclopedie to destroy it Eventually the encyclopedie was no longer allowed to be published in France That did not stop the book from being distributed The authors of the encyclopedie published the book in Switzerland and disturbed it throughout Europe A lot was happening during the compiling of the encyclopedie People started to do something that feared the government and Catholic Church in France people started to think As harmless as this may sound to Americans thinking started many catastrophes in France and the encyclopedie caused thinking This time period
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