Œuvres de 1769 (I)
Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire
Volume Editors: Bertram Schwarzbach, Roland Mortier
Publication Date: 1994
In this period, Voltaire began serious study on Christian antiquity and early Church history, and particularly on the ‘hidden’ or apocryphal texts. In Collection d’anciens évangiles, he brings together his researches, in preparation for his significant Questions sur l’Encyclopédie articles ‘Evangile’ and ‘Christianisme’. This was a point in Voltaire’s life where he began to give free rein to his dissatisfaction with the Church: its claims to exclusivity, intolerance, cruelty and arrogant triumphalism. In Dieu et les hommes he attempts to contest the Church’s historical importance and spiritual primacy in integrating Christianity into a larger historical and religious context.
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Collection d’anciens évangiles (Bertram E. Schwarzbach) Dieu et les hommes (Roland Mortier)
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