The Enlightenment. John Locke People have natural rights. It is the job of government to protect these natural rights. If government does not protect these rights, the people have the right to overthrow it. Thoma s Hobbes
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Greater numbers of people began to question established beliefs and customs.
As Enlightenment ideas gained in popularity, government and Church leaders worked to defend the established systems. They started a campaign of censorship to suppress Enlightenment ideas. Many writers, including Voltaire, were thrown into prison, and their books were banned and burned.