In the period known as The Age of Enlightenment, Eighteenth-century Europe saw remarkable cultural changes characterized by a loss of faith in traditional religious sources of authority and a turn toward Human Rights, science (Natural Philosophy), and the replacement of theocracies and autocracies with democratic republics. http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Enlightenment
Also, the general process of becoming Enlightened.
See also Illuminati/Magick.
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