Voltaire : The Influential Philosopher And Writer, Who Went By The Self Proclaimed Stage Name Of `` Voltaire

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Voltaire states:“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I 'll defend to the death your right to say it”. Francois-Marie Arouet was a philosopher and writer, who went by the self proclaimed stage name of “Voltaire”. Voltaire wrote poetry, essays, historical and scientific works, and more than 20,000 letters, which are regarded as some of the greatest achievements in French literature. Voltaire also wrote 2,000 books, most of which expressed his beliefs and ideas about civil liberties and personal freedoms, which included freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of trade. Voltaire believed that all men should be treated equally and have personal freedoms, but he also had many diverse ideas about religion. He believed that clergymen are more interested in adding to the power of the church than they are in making men better. He also believed that religious myths and ceremonies do not make men better and that they should be completely ignored. Voltaire was the most influential enlightenment thinker because his ideas greatly influenced the Bill of Rights and the first amendment, he is considered to be one of the greatest literary figures of modern times, and his ideas are still relevant and will influence governments in the future. Most importantly, Voltaire 's ideas greatly influenced the Bill of Rights and the first amendment of the constitution. The first amendment of the constitution states that all men shall have freedom of religion,…

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