By Francois Voltaire
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary", first released in 1764, is a sequence of brief, radical essays - alphabetically prepared - that shape a super and sour research of the social and non secular conventions that then ruled eighteenth-century French suggestion. one of many masterpieces of the Enlightenment, this drastically influential paintings of sardonic wit - extra a set of essays prepared alphabetically, than a traditional dictionary - considers such diversified matters as Abraham and Atheism, religion and Freedom of proposal, Miracles and Moses. again and again condemned by way of civil and spiritual gurus, Voltaire's paintings argues passionately for the reason for cause and justice, and criticizes Christian theology and modern attitudes in the direction of warfare and society - and claims, as he regards the area round him: 'common feel isn't really so common'.
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B. Why are there so many one-eyed and deformed minds? A. Hush! ” LAW (SALIC). He who says that the Salic law was written with a pen from the wing of a two-headed eagle, by Pharamond’s almoner, on the back of the patent containing Constantine’s donation, was not, perhaps, very much mistaken. It is, say the doughty lawyers, the fundamental law of the French Empire. ” He asserts that the kingdom of France is so excellent that it has religiously preserved this law, recommended both by Aristotle and the Old Testament.
Had it been expressly brought from heaven, it could not be more revered by the French nation than it is. It certainly does not exactly correspond with the gallant courtesy of the nation; but the fact is, that it was in strict and rigorous observance before the nation was ever distinguished for its gallant courtesy. The president Hénault repeats, in his “Chronicle,” what had been stated at random before him, that Clovis digested the Salic law in 511, the very year in which he died. -Germain-des-Prés, or of St.
Accordingly the electors are now nine in number. It was a very fundamental law that the disciples of the Lord Jesus should possess no private property, but have all things in common. There was afterwards a law that the bishops of Rome should be rich, and that the people should choose them. The last fundamental law is, that they are sovereigns, and elected by a small number of men clothed in scarlet, and constituting a society absolutely unknown in the time of Jesus. If the emperor, king of the Romans, always august, was sovereign master of Rome in fact, as he is according to the style of his patents and heraldry, the pope would be his grand almoner, until some other law, forever irrevocable, was announced, to be destroyed in its turn by some succeeding one.