Recently I was listening to a defense of the observation of the Sabbath, and within it the speaker quoted Voltaire as saying something like:

If you want to kill Christianity, you must abolish Sunday.

I've found this quote in a number of places both online and in print, such as in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, IV, 159, but so far I haven't found an actual reference to the writings of Voltaire. Sadly I don't read French, so I wouldn't know how to best search for this quote in the original language either.

Did Voltaire actually say something like this? And if so, where/when?

  • this should be moved to Skeptics. Here it is off-topic. – Grasper Jun 28 '17 at 14:05
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    A question can be on-topic on more than one site, but I'll of course defer to others on whether it is off-topic here. – Nathaniel is protesting Jun 28 '17 at 14:06
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    As Voltaire was not a Christian it would be better at Skeptics. Chasing down quotes is fine here but only for Christians I would think. – curiousdannii Jun 28 '17 at 14:09
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    I'm voting to close this question because fact checking quotes of non-Christians is off-topic. – curiousdannii Jun 28 '17 at 14:23

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