Voltaire, D’Alembert, King Frederic II of Prussia, and Diderot plotted to gradually alter the encyclopedia as a means to subtly promote poisonous ideas in France. They sought to “crush the wretch” – their code phrase, meaning to destroy Christianity. Their propaganda facilitated the French Revolution.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Encyclopedia Conspiracy”, published to YouTube on May 4, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 11 minutes and 21 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Around 1798, Abbé Barruel’s book, Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, was published in its entirety. A reprint edition, with an Introduction by Stanley L. Jaki, was published in 1995 and is currently freely available at this link: http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/books/Barruel.pdf
Barruel reports the coalition of a “triple sect” of conspirators as being the propelling force for what became the French Revolution of 1789 – 1799. The three sects are described as…
- The Sophisters of Impiety, who wanted to overthrow the power of the Church;
- The Sophisters of Rebellion, who wanted to dethrone all kings. They and the Sophisters of Impiety coalesced, says Barruel, with “Occult Lodges of Free-masonry”;
- The Sophisters of Impiety and Anarchy conspired not only against Christ but against all religions, as well as not only against kings but against all governments. This third sect was “known by the name of Illuminees“, i.e., Illuminati.
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet), Jean-Baptiste le Rond D’Alembert, King Frederic II of Prussia, and Denis Diderot were the principal actors “leagued in the most inveterate hatred against Christianity”, charges Barruel.
Voltaire urged his co-conspirators to confound and crush “the wretch”, their code phrase for Christianity. “To crush the wretch in the sense of Voltaire, or to attain the destruction of that God whose worship had been taught by the Apostles, nothing less could suffice than the total subjection of the public opinion, and the annihilation of the faith of all Christian nations.” To achieve this end, the devilish band hit upon the idea of gradually subverting an Encyclopedia. It was D’Alembert who first “bethought himself of the Encyclopedia, as the grand means of philosophising mankind, and of crushing the wretch.” 
At first the Encyclopedia seemed to be a grand work encompassing the arts and sciences. That was its mighty promise. But the secret object was “to convert the Encyclopedia into a vast emporium of all the sophisms, errors, or calumnies, which had ever been invented against religion…” This was to be done slowly and by degrees in subsequent editions, so that “the reader should insensibly imbibe the poison without the least suspicion.” 
——- Sources ——-
 Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, by Abbé Barruel. http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/books/Barruel.pdf