Quotation by Voltaire

It would be but a wretched compliment of condolence to offer to a queen of China, or Japan, or India, Scythia, or Gothia, who had just lost her infant son to say: "Be comforted, madam; his highness the prince royal is now in the clutches of five hundred devils, who turn him round and round in a great furnace to all eternity, while his body rests embalmed and in peace within the precincts of your palace." The astonished and terrified queen inquires why these devils should eternally roast her dear son, the prince royal. She is answered that the reason of it is that his great-grandfather formerly ate of the fruit of knowledge in a garden. Form an idea, if possible, of the looks and thoughts of the king, the queen, the whole council, and all the beautiful ladies of the court.
Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher. "Original Sin," Works: A Contemporary Version, vol. 12, pp. 124-125, Akron, Ohio, The St. Hubert Guild (1901).

Voltaire here brings together two issues which have prevailed in Europe since the Renaissance: the salvation of the virtuous pagans and the salvation of the unbaptised newborn babies.
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