And we should care what a self-idolator says because?
Voltaire was annoying and a jerk to the point where even Mozart was glad he kicked the bucket. Point of the comment is: If people don’t believe in god, they will believe in some other sort of dogma. Voltaire wrote this in response to an atheist, who argued that once society got over religion, they would be free. Voltaire, with his attitude as we all know, stated, there would always be some sort of dogma to manipulate the masses, if not nature’s God, as he or Jefferson talked about, or the God of Christianity, then some other sort of diety or dogma, such as the “gaia” theory we hear about nowadays, even Druidism or the Old Norse beliefs have people campaigning for recognition nowadays, hence as Voltaire indicated, if people don’t go for God, they will go for global warming, the old polytheist Gods, or pseudoscientific dogma.
I quoted Voltaire because I felt his quote fit the context, and summarized a great deal of what was said; agree or disagree if you may.
“I quoted Voltaire because I felt his quote fit the context...”
Spirited: You’re right, his quote does indeed fit the context. However, his quote was in fact a confession.
Though he defines belief as dogma, Voltaire nevertheless confessed to the truth: “Men have always and everywhere believed in God or gods.” Having confessed the truth he willfully rejected it (abused his free will) and thereby “chose” his own fate.
Those who attended Voltaire attested to his spiritual agony. He screamed in terror upon his death-bed...too late he realized his eternal end. His attendants said that they never wanted to be present at the death of an atheist ever again.