The Age of Enlightenment was a movement that emerged in the late 17th century and carried on through the 18th and 19th centuries. It was the beginning of a point in history where people searched for answers outside of religious institutions. It led people to ask questions about the sciences, and not always have to fear persecution for it. The Enlightenment brought a lot of change to western culture. It challenged social structures, religion, and forms of government. It gave opportunity for people to use reason to come to conclusions about things in life.