Recalling the Goddess of Reason

Recalling the Goddess of Reason November 10, 2009


On this day in 1793, the revolutionary French Convention proclaimed the investiture of a goddess of reason. Her image was installed on the high altar of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

Certainly an interesting eruption of rational religion in the midst of the revolution.

Short lived, the atheistic cult of the goddess was suppressed by order of Robespierre who wanted a cult of the supreme being instead…

Sadly, what could have been a very interesting experiment in rational religion devolved quickly into mob reactions to the excesses of the Roman church, and mainly featured acts of desecration.

Not the highest tide of reasonable religion…

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