What was significant about the Age of Enlightenment?

You may have read about this era in history or philosophy books.  The Age of Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries.  It was a time when people shifted away from relying on God’s Word and instead focused on the views of man.  The Bible was seen as unreliable while man’s word was cherished and held in high regard.  This was a time where philosophical ideas were readily accepted, and there was more focus on rationality and science (implying that the Bible lacked rationality).  This era in history affected religion, politics, and culture. Philosophers without a scientific background began proposing ideas about how everything on Earth and in space came into existence. This is also a time when Spiritualism began.  Many of the philosophers were involved in this occult practice.  The scientific theories such as the origin of life and the age of the Earth were being formed and reformed at this time.