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Compare and contrast the "Enlightenment" to life today. How is life today similar to and different from the Enlightenment?

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In terms of similarities between then and now, both the thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment and many important thinkers of today place importance on the questioning of traditional authority figures. For example, the French Revolution, which was inspired by many of the ideals put forth by Enlightenment thinkers, sought change that upended long-held political traditions. Today, political upheaval in America is characterized by similar challenges to traditional authority figures by disempowered individuals who are tired of their lot.

In terms of differences between then and now, many of the religious thinkers of the Enlightenment were able to maintain their positions in society and even gain strength by explaining aspects of their beliefs in rational terms. These appeals to reason by religious people are not as popular nor frequent in today's day and age; in fact, the opposite is taking place as renewed religious zealotry continues to create a lot of tension amongst different people in...

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