If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him  

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"Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer" (English: "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him") is an aphorism by Voltaire, contained in the verse epistle "Letter to the author of The Three Impostors" from 1768, addressed to the anonymous author of a controversial work, The Three Impostors. But far from being the cynical remark it is often taken for, it was meant as a retort to the atheistic clique of Baron d'Holbach, Baron von Grimm, and others.

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Criticism of atheism, existence of God




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