When his father found out, he sent Voltaire to study law, this time in CaenNormandy. But the young man continued to write, producing essays and historical studies. From early on, Voltaire had trouble with the authorities for critiques of the government.
I believe the purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
A congregation needs nothing so much as sun. Reichs This is the true spirit of insolent dogmatism: We have proved to the satisfaction of every honest man, that we are right, and that you are wrong; and therefore, if you are not convinced, it must be owing to your own perversity.
The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
She read many books, some wise, some vague, some full of superstition, all unsatisfactory to one who wanted a living God. She went to many churches, studied many creeds, and watched their fruits as well as she could; but still remained unsatisfied There was too much machinery, too many walls, laws, and penalties between the Father and his children.
Too much fear, too little love A Story of Experience, God made so many different kinds of people. Why would he allow only one way to serve him? There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Say and do what you like, religion is always religion. The rich, perhaps, can get along without it, but it is necessary for people like us When one is unhappy Only that, and love. Tucker Religion — an intellectual colouring book for adults.
The human soul, like any other noble vessel, was not built to be anchored, but to sail. An anchorage may, indeed, be at times a temporary need, in order to make some special repairs, or to take fresh cargo in; yet the natural destiny of both ship and soul is not the harbor, but the ocean; to cut with even keel the vast and beautiful expanse; to pass from island to island Men must forget the eternity through which they have yet to sail, when they talk of anchoring here upon this bank and shoal of time.
It would be a tragedy to see the shipping of the world whitening the seas no more, and idly riding at anchor in And as with individuals, so with communities. I meet men who want to wipe off from the page of history all the creeds that ever were constructed If I could think that for nineteen centuries thoughtful, earnest, devout men had been wrestling with the great problems of human life, wondering who God is and how He rules this world, and what we are and what we are here for and what lies in the future, and that in all these centuries they had found out nothing, I should give it up and be an agnostic.
The creeds of the future must grow out of the creeds of the past.
But a creed is not a rock to which your ship is anchored, while it swings back and forth in the tide and the barnacles gather on its bottom. The creed is a seed planted and out of that is to grow a nobler and better creed.
No new theology is worth having which cuts asunder from the past. And no theology is worth having which remains identical with the creeds of the past. The theology that is not a growing theology is a dead theology.
Take the experience of the past, and make it minister to the wisdom and the grace—aye, and I dare to say the glory—of the future.
Christianity is the wisdom of love. I want a Father to whom I can go with all my sins and sorrows, all my hopes and joys, as freely and fearlessly as I used to go to my human father, sure of help and sympathy and love. Shall I ever find Him?
A Story of Experience, Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behavior to sin, he does not say, "You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go.
Chesterton Religion is speculation pretending to be revelation.Voltaire's views on religion as manifest in his private writings are complex, and based on the evidence of these texts it would be wrong to call Voltaire an atheist, or even an anti-Christian so long as one accepts a broad understanding of what Christianity can entail.
After a successful life as a best selling poet and playwright Voltaire could have chosen a life of peace and quiet but instead became fired up with a passion to rectify the great wrong to the Calas family cause by religious intolerance. Most of Voltaire's early life revolved around Paris. From early on, Voltaire had trouble with the authorities for critiques of the government.
Aug 01, · The most active opponents of religious intolerance and the most outspoken anti-Christians among the philosophes were a.
Lavisher and Rousseau. b. Voltaire and Diderot. c. Diderot and Bourbon. d. Montesquieu and Adrien. e. Quesnay and Pelletier. Voltaire (d. ) embraced the conception of natural religion with ardor, and entered into a polemics against intolerance in Church and State relations as well as against the philosophy of the Church and the prevailing religious Cartesianism (Essai sur les mmurs et l'esprit des nations, ; Dictionnaire philosophique, ).
He derived. Comments: Comment by Bob, 08 Jan, I read a funny news article on the BBC web page this morning. In Brazil an old lady, a devout Catholic, had been praying every day for years to a statue of St. Anthony.