Voltaire (1694-1778):

Voltaire (this was the pen name of François-Marie Arouet 
(1694-11-21–1778-05-300, better known by his pen name Voltaire, a French writer, deist and philosopher, quoting himself in his Letter to Prince 
Frederick William of Prussia (1770-11-28), translated by S.G.Tallentyre, 
Voltaire in His Letters, 1919:  “Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.” Mais toute la nature nous crie qu’il existe; qu’il y a une intelligence suprême, un pouvoir immense, un ordre admirable, et tout nous instruit de notre dépendance.  “If God did not exist, he would have to be invented.” But all nature cries aloud that he does exist: that there is a supreme intelligence, an 
immense power, an admirable order, and everything teaches us our own 
dependence on it.

A little story about Voltaire:
Voltaire, notorious for his hatred of Christianity, spent his whole life attacking Christianity. He had a house in Paris, France. He would invite very learned and clever people to his house. They were like him – scoffers, doubters, atheists and agnostics. They would sit round the table – eating, drinking and making merry – when their conversation would always be against God and against the Christian faith – scoffing at the Bible, deriding believers and Christians and calling religion as a whole, a waste of time. One day as his servants were putting the plates and cutlery in position on the table where Voltaire was entertaining his guests, his guests began to scoff at Christianity in the hearing of the servants. Voltaire immediately rose up from his seat. He pushed all the servants out of the room and locked the door. He said:  “If you let these people hear that, they will become as savage as lions. Shhh! Quiet,” he said. “It’s all very well for us to say these things among one another but if these people hear us scoffing at their religion, they won’t obey a word I tell them because religion is what makes them good.” Wasn’t that a confession from a man who spent his whole life scoffing at Christianity? But it’s true, it’s absolutely true: believing in God makes all the difference to the way people live.


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