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

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Criticism of atheism, existence of God

"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 "Épître à l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs" 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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