Voltaire Responds to Atheists

“The movement of the heavenly bodies, that of our little earth round the sun, all operate by virtue of the most profound mathematical law.  How Plato who was not aware of one of these laws, eloquent but visionary Plato, who said that the earth was erected on an equilateral triangle, and the water on a right-angled triangle; strange Plato, who says there can be only five worlds, because there are only five regular bodies: how, I say, did Plato, who did not know even spherical trigonometry, have nevertheless a genius sufficiently fine, an instinct sufficiently happy, to call God the ‘Eternal Geometer,’ to feel the existence of a creative intelligence?  Spinoza himself admits it.  It is impossible to strive against this truth which surrounds us and which presses on us from all sides.”

Dictionnaire philosophique, 1764

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