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Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet

Pierre Bayle

The famous author of the Historical and Critical Dictionary gives a reasoned response to superstitious hysteria accompanying the appearance of a comet in 1680. In the process, he also becomes the first recorded person to suggest that a society of atheists would not necessarily be any less moral than a society of theists.

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