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There can be little doubt that Voltaire was the great voice in 18th century France, the witty, sarcastic, intellectual oracle of the Enlightenment that would lead to the French Revolution. It was Voltaire who set the stage for an irreverent, and often mocking view of the Bible and its teachings. The French philosopher famously said: “It took twelve ignorant fishermen to establish Christianity; I will show the world how one Frenchman can destroy it.” It was Voltaire who also said: “The son of God is the same as the son of man; the son of man is the same as the son of God. God, the father, is the same as Christ, the son; Christ, the son, is the same as God, the father. This language may appear confused to unbelievers, but Christians will readily understand it.” This same attitude against the Trinity can likewise be found in the writings of the American revolutionaries, as we show in our film. Voltaire’s writings and view of the Bible, Christianity and the Church became known as Voltarianism – the particular spirit of which permeates the writings of men like Paine, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. Many other examples could be given, but our intention here is to be concise and to the point.
We think it no coincidence that Voltaire was educated for seven years by Jesuit priests at their College Louis-le-Grand. From them he undoubtedly learned to question the divine inspiration of Scripture (for which the Jesuits are legend, who prefer their Papal idol that they call “infallible” to the authority of God’s Holy Word).
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