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Voltaire’s Revolution: The Campaign to Free Laws from Religion (Grand Rapids)Date:
August 5, 2015
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Join us for a special event on Voltaire’s Revolution: Writings from His Campaign to Free Laws from Religion with translator and editor, G.K. Noyer.
Voltaire was a historian, playwright, philosopher famous for his wit, and was one of the most influential writers of the Enlightenment Era. His famous pamphlet war on state-imposed religion forcefully inspired the laws that granted freedom of beliefs in America and France in the late 18th century, an era frequently dubbed the Age of Voltaire in recognition of this revolution in thinking.
Noyer’s book presents a selection of Voltaire’s most timeless “pamphlets” or shorter works from that crusade. American Founding Father John Adams wrote that Voltaire “did more for religious liberty than Calvin, Luther or even Locke” — only one of many accounts hotly contested or buried by historians in America in recent years. These and other tributes to the Voltaire’s effect are also included in the book.
More information on the book, as well as a couple of early reviews, can be found on the GK Noyer Facebook Page.
Meetings are open to the Public
After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map
About G.K. Noyer
Translator and Editor, "Voltaire’s Revolution: Writings from His Campaign to Free Laws from Religion"
G. K. Noyer was born and raised in downriver Detroit and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts and Media from Grand Valley State University. After a three-year stint working in production and copywriting at WGVC-TV, the former PBS station in Grand Rapids, along with DJ-ing and writing news reports at WSRX radio on campus, and after two or three failed attempts to join the Work/Study abroad program at Grand Valley, she struck out on a year-long tour of Europe on her own. She eventually settled in France, where she has written scripts for a half-dozen French television series and translated many more into English for the international market. A member of the French Authors Society (the SACD) since 1986, she has also done translations for websites, art galleries, museums and has subtitled a few documentary films. Of most notable interest for freethinkers is The 3 Lives of the Chevalier which relates the continuing struggle of freethought in France, told through the story of 19 year old Chevalier de La Barre, tortured and executed for blasphemy in 1766, and through the repeated struggles to erect a statue to his memory in Paris. The heinous treatment of La Barre was indicted by Voltaire in several other works read throughout Europe and the American colonies, in part because the authorities had claimed that his own Philosophical Dictionary, one of his book-length works on religious oppression, was responsible for La Barre’s “behavior.” A version with English subtitles is available on VOD at the bottom of this link, where you can also see a trailer for free.