Persian Letters

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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Enlightenment November 22, 2005 11:00-12:15 TA Menachem Session 18 Montesquieu – Persian Letters After reading some of the letters in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, I could see a trend that occurred with the Enlightenment writers of that time. Montesquieu like the earlier authors we’ve studied: Spinoza, Locke, Lessing, believes that toleration of all religions are necessary. With his letters, Montesquieu makes an observation that Christianity is slowly becoming more tolerant of the other religions. Something none of the authors earlier saw. “Among Christians there is beginning to be less of the spirit of intolerance that used to spur them on” (Montesquieu, 125). He explains that Christians saw the being tolerant is
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Unformatted text preview: actually helping them advance in their pursuits. “It has been realized that zeal for the advancement of a religion is different from the attachment that one should have for it, and that in order to love and conform to one’s religion it is not necessary to hate and persecute those who do not conform to it.” (125). Christianity seems to have advanced and realized that not every had the same beliefs as them and that it’s okay that there are people who disagree, it won’t hurt them. I liked how Montesquieu used a format of letters to portray his message across to his readers. It was a different, unique way to write something, something that isn’t seen with earlier Enlightenment authors that we’ve studied. Overall, this was a good read....
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