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Individualism, Religion And Science

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Religion was treated as something that was almost independent of society, influencing people and altering their values, desires and behavior. The development of individualism within expressions of religious belief. It must be remembered, however, that individualist ideas were also developed by people struggling against the influence of religion. The Enlightenment was as much about science as it was about freedom. From the 17th century onwards, a fundamental distinction was made between modern and traditional, rational and irrational, scientific and superstitious styles of thought. The Enlightenment can be regarded as a tradition only insofar as 'tradition' refers to opposition on the part of Enlightenment thinkers prevailing conditions and relations.

Keywords: individualism; religion; science

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