this lesson starts with a picture essay on other scientific breakthroughs during the Enlightenment, including several scientific scams. It then shows how many Enlightenment intellectuals were increasingly skeptical of traditional religion, in particular the Deists, such as Thomas Jefferson, who believed there was a god, but one totally detached from the affairs of this world. Among the more extreme members of this movement, known as the critical Deists, was Voltaire, who is represented by a number of his short, witty, and satirical sayings here. The lesson closes with the idea that we both can and must solve our own problems, because God isn't involved in our affairs. This sets up the next lesson on the search for answers to society's problems and the birth of the social sciences.
In the PowerPoint, the color flowchart develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia.
NOTE: This Powerpoint comes with the flowchart in the older color scheme. However, it does have one slide with the newer color scheme if you want to convert the other slides.
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