Scientific Rationalism and the Growth of Democratic Ideas


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The view that kings and other government authorities are placed in power by the will of God, and are not subject to any earthly authority is called:

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1. Which view holds that the universe and everything in it operates according to principles that are discernible and found in nature?

2. Which view perceives the relationship between government and the governed as a sort of binding contract, and suggests that if government fails to meet its obligations, the people have the right to install a new government?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Scientific rationalism, or rationalism, was an important part of intellectual thought in the Enlightenment and had a large impact on democratic ideas. This quiz/worksheet will help test your understanding of its principles and influence on democracy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you will be tested on:

  • Kings and other governments that were placed in power by the will of God
  • The relationship between the universe and nature
  • Divine right of kings

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on scientific rationalism and democracy
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as rationalism and social contract
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as divine right of kings and social contract theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about rationalism and its effect on democracy, review the accompanying lesson on Scientific Rationalism and the Growth of Democratic Ideas. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define scientific rationalism and its principles
  • Understand the historical setting of the Enlightenment and rationalism
  • Identify the impact of rationalism on democratic thought
  • Differentiate between rationalist views on authority and their precursors