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Enlightenment -- -The Light Bulb of the 1700s Throughout history many people have changed society with their ideas and actions Twophilosophers whose ideas and actions changed society are Voltaire and John Lock MartinLuther and Galileo also changed societyJohn Lock and Voltaire both fought for basic human rights Voltaire fought for basicreligious freedom He claimed that if god created the Catholic religion and god loves allpeople then why does the Catholic religion have the right to torment other religions Asa result of this Voltaire was exiled John Lock also fought for human rights He thoughtthat government should protect the people John Locke and Voltaire both spoke against amajor power Voltaire spoke against the church while Locke spoke against the governmentThus change began occurring in both the church and government John Locke and Voltairechanged society because now people were beginning to challenge authority John Lockeinfluenced Thomas Jefferson because Thomas Jefferson believed in life liberty and thepursuit of happiness Martin Luther and Galileo both disagreed with certain things that thechurch believed in Martin Luther said that the only way to atone for your sins werethrough prayer and contrition In his 95 Thesis he established that salvation is withinoneself and that individual faith in God is very important But the church did not see itthat way The church believed that the only way to atone for your sins were throughindulgences Indulgences were paying for the removal of your sins Martin Luther was laterexcommunicated from the church Galileo also disagreed with certain things that the churchbelieved in Galileo proved Aristotles theory wrong about gravity One night duringdinner Galileo picked up two pieces of fruit of unequal size He then dropped them andestablished that they dropped at the same rate The church had believed Aristotlestheory Aristotle said that the two pieces of fruit of unequal size would drop atdifferent rates Although his theory might have been correct he never proved it As aresult of this Galileo was put on
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