Abigail Duchow - Chapter 2 Paper.docx - My first claim is that Voltaire has the best rebuttal to the best of all possible worlds theory by Leibniz and

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My first claim is that Voltaire has the best rebuttal to the “best of all possible worlds” theory by Leibniz, and that he has the best views on theism is general. Voltaire wrote Candide as a satirical contradictory response to Leibniz, which is about how a man named Candide goes through many evils and traumas, yet still claims Earth is the best of all possible worlds. This is humorous in a way, because putting the concept of Earth being the “best of all possible worlds” into a situation where it so obviously isn’t, makes it pretty clear that there wasn’t a God that chose the best possible Earth and allowed us to live on it through massive amounts of suffering. I also agree with Voltaire that the problems of injustice, intolerance, and mass poverty could decrease if people relied more on reason and knowledge, which is where it seems obvious to me that if people stopped relying on this “God” figure and more on actual proven things then more problems would be solved and there’d be less hate and fear among people. Voltaire also believes
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