Apologetics Use of Voltaire – Lying for Jesus

Voltaire, the famous French philosopher, was a brilliant atheist. He wrote a number of tracts deriding the Bible. He once made a very bold statement: “One hundred years from today the Bible will be a forgotten book.”

Today, everyone has forgotten that quote — not the Bible! After Voltaire died, for nearly 100 years, his homestead was used as the book depository for the French Bible Society.  They sold Bibles out of his house! It’s now a museum. People have forgotten Voltaire.  Nobody forgets the Bible.

The above story about Voltaire has been used countless times by Christian Apologists. It is not so much that they are lying for Jesus with this one, just they unwittingly repeat something without trying to source it.

In the Autumn 2004 edition of the  Journal of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, David Ross gives this anecdote a thorough debunking. You can view the whole article here. 



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