Voltaire was an avowed deist

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Unformatted text preview: Voltaire was an avowed deist, believing in God but hating organized religion. As a result, he made Christianitywhich he called glorified superstitiona frequent target of his wit. Voltaire was also an ardent supporter of monarchy and spent a considerable amount of time working toward judicial reform. Later, after bouncing around to various countries and working with a number of notable contemporaries, Voltaire wrote the satire Candide (1759), which has since earned distinction as one of the most influential literary works in history. Although Voltaire lacked the practical breadth of some of his contemporarieshe did not dabble in multiple scientific fieldshe made up for it with the volume of his work. Using his brilliant, sarcastic wit to analyze everything from philosophy to politics to law, he extolled the virtue of reason over superstition and intolerance and effectively became...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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