Disenchantment

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  • Disenchantment
    • Protestantism saw God as transcendent and that he did not intervene in the universe, it only created it. After creating it, he left it on it's own to run the laws of nature.
    • Events were no longer to be explained as the work of unpredictable supernatural beings but of predictable, working forces of nature.
      • Using reason and science, humans could discover the laws of nature, understand and predict how the world works and control it through technology.
        • There was no longer a need for religious explanations of the world as events could be predicted and controlled in other ways rather than praying to/trying to please God/gods/angels.
    • Definition: squeezing out magical and religious ways of thinking and starts off the rationalisation process that leads to the dominance of the rational mode of thought.
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