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The two lectures given by Nicholas Cronk at ITEM in October 2015 are now available on France Culture:
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Enlightenment and religion in the Orthodox world Front cover of latest OSE volume Ed. Paschalis M. Kitromilides Religion and the Enlightenment has been keenly debated for many years, but has tended to focus on the Western world. In this book leading historians explore the intellectual and cultural challenges and changes that took place in Orthodox communities during the eighteenth century.

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Voltaire, energetic despite his 75 years, continues his struggle against ‘l’infâme’ and promotes tolerance. There is also an épître against atheism, containing his famous line ‘Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer’. There are attacks on abuses by the clergy and on figures he considered the enemies of Enlightenment, including Malebranche and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but also a celebration of the glories of French literature.

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Correspondance générale de La Beaumelle
vol.XI: janvier–décembre 1757
LB11 figure 5 La Beaumelle commence l’année à la Bastille, ignorant toujours les raisons de son incarcération. Sa libération, qui survient le 1er septembre, est assortie d’une lettre d’exil en Languedoc. Il retourne à Valleraugue après douze ans d’absence pour le décès de son père. A la fin de l’année il s’installe à Montpellier, où sa célébrité l’a précédé.