Sunday, June 12, 2016
The Age of Voltaire
by Will and Ariel Durant
Through his writings, Voltaire helped Western Europe in the 1700s become a more secular, less religious place. Voltaire stands foremost among the thought-leaders that France knew as the philosophes. Since many philosophers in eighteenth-century France were hostile to Christianity as they knew it, the word philosophe took on an anti-Christian connotation. This group also included Diderot, the force behind a multi-volume Encyclopédie that had a lasting impact toward a more enlightened society.
In these excerpts, we see what Voltaire and a few other philosophes said to counter centuries of Church dogma:
In America we need to revisit these ideas.