Category: France

Video/ Voltaire on Religion

Video/ Voltaire on Religion (Philosophical Dictionary / French Enlightenment).

In the wake of the Paris attacks, with acts of violence being committed by misguided religious fanatics, it is as an appropriate time as will ever arise to discuss Voltaire’s views regarding religion. As a Deist, Voltaire rejected all forms of revealed religion, practicing a religion derived from natural laws. The story that I tell in this video comes from Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, which featured Voltaire’s enlightened perspectives on many subjects dealing with science and society. The story reinforces Voltaire’s belief that religion is all about loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself. This is the Enlightenment. To read the entry on Religion from Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary for yourself, follow this link: https://history.hanover.edu/texts/vol… To look at my brief lecture explaining Deism, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7ZOG…