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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #26)

Fri May 18, 2018, 09:32 PM

28. Understood.

As one person once said:

Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.


That person was Francois Marie Arouet, also called Voltaire.

However:

Déiste, et non athée, le philosophe trouve la religion nécessaire, pour donner des règles de bonne conduite au peuple : « Je veux que mon procureur, mon tailleur, mes valets croient en Dieu ; et je m’imagine que j’en serai moins volé. » Il n’est pas le seul bourgeois à le penser.


https://www.histoire-en-citations.fr/citations/voltaire-si-dieu-n-existait-pas-il-faudrait

Deist, but not an atheist, the philosopher found religion to be necessary as a source of rules...etc.

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