Pensées of d'Holbach
He but ill deserves the title of philosopher, who has not the courage to hear his opinions contradicted. We are not divines; our disputes are of a nature to terminate amicably;
But what is it to have morals, in the language of Christians?
What good results to society from these practices, all of which may be observed by a man, who has not the shadow of virtue?
- to pray without ceasing,
- to frequent churches,
- to do penance, and to abstain from pleasure;
- to live in selfishness and solitude.
It is necessary, then, to carefully distinguish Christian morality from political morality;
Ought a God to reveal himself to mankind for the sole purpose of not being comprehended?
Is not such conduct as ridiculous as it is unreasonable?
Baron d'Holbach was a contemporary of the Scottish skeptic David Hume.
The above are an excerpt from his writings.
Unlike Hume, d'Holbach considered himself an atheist.