The 21st century, beginning with the advent of the American-led War on Terror, has enlivened the debate over the issue of religious liberty, expression and atheistic rationalism in France.
This, of course, despite the fact that there is neither logical nor empirical reason to draw that conclusion.
Among those accused of atheism was Denis Diderot (1713–1784), one of the Enlightenment's most prominent philosophes, and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopédie, which sought to challenge religious, particularly Catholic, dogma: "Reason is to the estimation of the philosophe what grace is to the Christian", he wrote.
"Grace determines the Christian's action; reason the philosophe's".
Both of these statements get me into trouble in polite society, especially when they are coupled.
Apparently I'm not the only one, as anybody who has used an online dating service will readily testify.