Tag Archives: Voltaire

A Great Quote on Books

Voltaire: The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.

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Striking a Balance?

Philosopher Julian Baggini today: If you are stuck on a mountaintop, the belief that you will get down if you try hard enough is too important to seriously doubt. In contrast, the belief that you will survive no matter what … Continue reading

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What Would Voltaire Say? A Christian Minister in LONDON is Assaulted by a Group of Muslim Men

A Christian minister who has a gospel television show, and has publicly contradicted Muslims who have called into his show, has been assaulted by three Muslim men. The Christian minister is Pakistani, so Muslims may perceive him as an apostate from Islam.  … Continue reading

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Apostate Stalking with Hammers, Knives, and Axes: This Happened Not in Afghanistan—but in Northern England—in the Middle of a British City!

The Times of London reports today on a grotesque and horrific stalking of a young woman in Northern England who changed her religion from Muslim to Christian—and found her imam father stalking her, accompanied by a mob wielding hammers, knives and … Continue reading

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Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

Why is fundamentalist religion (and other forms of irrationality, such as conspiracy theories and mysticism) so potentially dangerous? Because, as Voltaire put it, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

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Voltaire’s Passionate and Intellectual Mistress, Emilie, Marquise du Chatelet (1706-1749), on Life and Happiness

An essay at AlterNet.com includes within it a great introduction to a feminist mistress of Voltaire’s, Emilie, Marquise du Chatelet, as well as some choice pieces of wisdom: Exactly what does it take to make a woman happy? One of the first to … Continue reading

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Time to Read Voltaire? Is Sarah Palin’s Rise Signalling the Coming of an American Middle Ages?

John McCain’s wrecklessness in not vetting VP-pick Sarah Palin adequately, combined with her inexperience, her fundamentalism, and her populist ability to move people to resentment against urban dwelling intellectuals and elites, makes one wonder if her nomination signals an entrenched period of right-wing … Continue reading

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