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Voltaire- A Plea For Tolerance And Reason Voltaire is a prime example of a philosopher during the Enlightenment period Voltaire like many others was looking to learn new things to discuss new ideas and to understand more about life and about human nature I consider Voltaire to be very similar to college students He was looking for some meaning in life Looking to learn and share his ideas with the world For Voltaire though searching for new ideas and investigating new thoughts wasnt as easy as it is today Voltaire found that it was difficult to both share new ideas and find new information because of the tight wrath of the church You can tell from Voltaires writings that he is frustrated and angry He lived in a time where people werent really given the opportunity to have other beliefs other than those beliefs of the church Yet he knew that there was more out there John Locke and Issac Newton were a great influence on Voltaire they taught him their theories and learned studies From their teachings Voltaire was able to evolve his own theory He believed that people should believe only their ideas received from the senses I think that Voltaires ideas were brilliant His thoughts on Christians were perhaps the most interesting to me He says that Christians consider themselves tolerant people but then uses the word tolerance in the same sentence as hate violence tortures and murders This deems to be very effective at least to me I think here he shows us that people arent always what they say they are or at least what they think they are I think that a Christian reading this exert back when it was written would have to stop and really think about it I think that people would realize Voltaire has stumbled upon something of great significance At the very least his writings were and still are
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