Religion in the Age of Enlightenment


Enlightenment, scholars, religion, Egyptian


I t is a tragedy for the investigating intellect to have both its own resilience and the power to lift itself to something higher chained when it attempts to track the progress of human knowledge in the annals of the world, the shaping of the intellect, and the refinement of morals. The scholar is fettered in his desire to collect data, which contributed to the enlightenment of nations and which, so to speak, fermented the human mind so that it was able to lift itself up into higher regions and throw off prejudices. He is hindered in his work when he becomes aware that history, which is supposed to report honestly and clearly nothing but the truth to following generations, is deliberately falsified. He is further hindered when he wants to report the noble, sublime deeds of the nobility and of great and wise men of every age, as well as the epochs of invention, and discovers that those facts instead have been carefully cloaked in darkness or have been presented falsely by vain, partial writers. All that the scholar desires to search out is supposed to be made available to him in an unvarnished manner [but is usually not so available].