Toleration and Other Essays 
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This collection of essays by Voltaire contains a long essay on the Jean Calas case, several shorter essays on religious topics, and his famous poem on the Lisbon earthquake.
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Table of Contents:
In Connection with the Death of Jean Calas
SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DEATH OF JEAN CALAS
CONSEQUENCES OF THE EXECUTION OF JEAN CALAS
THE IDEA OF THE REFORMATION
WHETHER TOLERATION IS DANGEROUS, AND AMONG WHAT PEOPLES IT IS FOUND
HOW TOLERATION MAY BE ADMITTED
WHETHER INTOLERANCE IS OF NATURAL AND HUMAN LAW
WHETHER INTOLERANCE WAS KNOWN TO THE GREEKS
WHETHER THE ROMANS WERE TOLERANT
OF THE DANGER OF FALSE LEGENDS, AND OF PERSECUTION
ABUSES OF INTOLERANCE
WHETHER INTOLERANCE WAS OF DIVINE RIGHT IN JUDAISM, AND WHETHER IT WAS ALWAYS PRACTISED.1
EXTREME TOLERANCE OF THE JEWS
WHETHER INTOLERANCE WAS TAUGHT BY CHRIST
THE ONLY CASES IN WHICH INTOLERANCE IS HUMANLY LAWFUL
ACCOUNT OF A CONTROVERSIAL DISPUTE IN CHINA
WHETHER IT IS USEFUL TO MAINTAIN THE PEOPLE IN SUPERSTITION
VIRTUE BETTER THAN SCIENCE
OF UNIVERSAL TOLERATION
ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
ON THE INTERPRETATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS
(Translated from the Italian of Count de Corbera)
Second Chief Imposture
Third Chief Imposture
(which contains several)
Sixth Chief Imposture
Seventh Chief Imposture
On the Supposed Pontificate of Simon Barjona, Called Peter
THE SERMON OF THE FIFTY
THE QUESTIONS OF ZAPATA
(Translated by Dr. Tamponet, of the Sorbonne)
WE MUST TAKE SIDES;
Or, the Principle of Action
I: OF THE PRINCIPLE OF ACTION
II: OF THE NECESSARY AND ETERNAL PRINCIPLE OF ACTION
III: WHAT IS THIS PRINCIPLE?
IV: WHERE IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE? IS IT INFINITE?
V: THAT ALL THE WORKS OF THE ETERNAL BEING ARE ETERNAL
VI: THAT THE ETERNAL BEING, AND FIRST PRINCIPLE, HAS ARRANGED ALL THINGS VOLUNTARILY
VII: THAT ALL BEINGS, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, ARE SUBJECT TO ETERNAL LAWS
VIII: THAT MAN IS ESSENTIALLY SUBJECT IN EVERYTHING TO THE ETERNAL LAWS OF THE FIRST PRINCIPLE
IX: OF THE PRINCIPLE OF ACTION IN SENTIENT BEINGS
X: OF THE PRINCIPLE OF ACTION CALLED THE SOUL
XI: EXAMINATION OF THE PRINCIPLE OF ACTION CALLED THE SOUL
XII: WHETHER THE PRINCIPLE OF ACTION IN ANIMALS IS FREE
XIII: OF THE LIBERTY OF MAN, AND OF DESTINY
XIV: ABSURDITY OF WHAT IS CALLED LIBERTY OF INDIFFERENCE
XV: OF EVIL AND, IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE DESTRUCTION OF BEASTS
XVI: OF EVIL IN THE ANIMAL CALLED MAN
XVII: ROMANCES INVENTED TO EXPLAIN THE ORIGIN OF EVIL
XVIII: OF THE SAME ROMANCES, IMITATED BY BARBARIC NATIONS
XIX: DISCOURSE OF AN ATHEIST ON ALL THIS
XX: DISCOURSE OF A MANICHÆAN
XXI: DISCOURSE OF A PAGAN
XXII: DISCOURSE OF A JEW
XXIII: DISCOURSE OF A TURK
XXIV: DISCOURSE OF A THEIST
XXV: DISCOURSE OF A CITIZEN
POEM ON THE LISBON DISASTER;
Or an Examination of the Axiom, “All is Well”
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