VOLTAIRE: ATHEIST OR BELIEVER IN GOD?
Voltaire as the ultimate infidel. He openly criticized both Catholics and
Protestants as they entered various conflicts, and condemned religious
hypocrisy firmly. This has led many to wrongly conclude that he was the enemy
of God and religion. But this is totally wrong. All along Voltaire held a
firm belief in God and as he moved toward old age he became a Christian.
“Tonight I was in a meditative mood (about the order and beauty of the
universe). One must be stupid not to recognize the author of it; one must be
mad not to worship Him.” (Pomeau,
“We want a
religion that is simple, wise, grand, worthy of God and made for us; in one
word we want to serve God and men.” (Pomeau, 338)
worship this great Being ... It is He who from all eternity arranged matter
in the immensity of space.” (Pomeau, 339)
supreme being .He is unique, infinite, eternal, creator of the world.”(Pomeau,
“What is true
religion? Love God and your neighbor as yourself.” (Pomeau,
“If God did not
exist, everything would be allowed.” (Pomeau, 660)
in secret the hearts He enlightens. In the greatest of trials, He offers
them support.” (Pomeau, 661)
“(God is) supreme
logic, a distant home.” (Pomeau, 662)
submitting.” (Pomeau, 662)
God would not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.” (Parton,
1884, P. 554)
all nature cries to us that He exists, that there is a Supreme Intelligence,
a power immense, an order admirable, and all teaches us our dependence.”
“I die, adoring God, loving
friends, not hating my enemies and detesting superstitions.”
J. Life of Voltaire, Vol. II. Boston: Houghton, Mofflin and Company, 1884.
R. Ecraser L'
Voltaire Foundation, 1995.