Voltaire on Absolution

Hello good friends.

In Joseph Lewis book, Voltaire, he has a few quotes from the works of the man. On absolution, we learn the church had the following price list

  1. absolution for one who has carnally known his mother, his sister cost five drachmas
  2. absolution for one who has deflowered a virgin 6 drachmas
  3. for one who has revealed another’s confession 7 drachmas
  4. for one who has killed his father, mother 5 drachmas.

And in another area where I have constantly asked the same questions, that of prohibitions

Voltaire asks

were the Jewish ladies intimate with goats? You assert that your mothers had no commerce with he-goats nor your fathers with she-goats. But pray, gentlemen, why are you the only people upon this earth whose laws have forbidden such commerce? Would any legislator ever have thought of promulgating this extraordinary law if the offence had not been common?

Voltaire’s biggest undoing was to suppress the work of Jean Messlier. To make our atheist a deist.

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Bacon and God’s wrath

Here is  a video on the reflections of a  90 year old Jewish woman on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

For those not internet savvy, Ark, I am looking at you, this should have the directions

I particularly like her comment on faith. She says, and I agree, it doesn’t take courage to have faith.