Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier [Jean Meslier, Michael Shreve] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Know. Jean Meslier () served as a Catholic priest for 40 years, but after his death was discovered to have written the very first book-length. Remarkable for its era, his page Testament shows us that Jean Meslier “ invented a radical atheism, proposed a hedonist ethic, formulated.
|Published (Last):||12 February 2018|
|PDF File Size:||15.28 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||14.93 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
A thousand times I was on the point of breaking out publicly and opening your eyes, but a fear stronger than myself held me back, and forced me to keep silence until my death. He professed it, demonstrated it, arguing and quoting, sharing his reading and his reflections, and seeking confirmation from his own observations of the everyday world.
Testament of Jean Meslier by Jean Meslier
His manuscript was addressed to M. Lacking this, it must be taken as certain that they were of merely human invention, full mean errors and falsehoods.
To ask other readers questions about Testamentplease sign up.
On the subject of the duration of the public life of JC, according to what the first three Gospels say there could hardly have been three months from his baptism to his death, supposing that he was thirty when testmaent was baptized, as Luke says, and that he was born on December He made three copies in his own hand, one of which was given to the Guard of the Seals of Jena, from which the following excerpt is taken. What is even more horrible is that the law of this detestable Jewish people also commanded that they sacrifice men.
These are quite remarkable and timely quotes. He was a firm partisan of justice, and at times pushed his zeal too far. Still here and stronger than ever over twenty years later, but thanks for playing Dr. Joshua May rated it liked it Sep 25, If our Christ-lovers say that several saints were miraculously preserved in burning flames without suffering any harm in their bodies or to their garments, the pagans said that the priestesses of the temple of Diana walked barefoot on burning coals without either burning or hurting their feet, and that the priests of the goddess Feronius and Hyrpicus also walked on burning coals during the fireworks in honor of Apollo.
I can respect neither, though I agree that currently the Catholics — even with a pantheon of saints — look less loony and more stable. Click on my name for link.
Their conformity among themselves makes this quite visible. Meslier had spent the greater part of his life mesliee on it.
If that power of engendering a son is a perfection in the first person, it is thus a perfection and a power which is not in either the second or third persons. Nevertheless, the opposite occurs.
On the other tesstament, if God Himself was not able to render human nature sinless, what right had He to punish men for not being sinless? It is predicted that there will be signs in the sun and the moon, meslieg that the Son of Man will come in a cloud to judge men, and he predicts this for the present generation.
May fanaticism no longer pervert it! Refresh and try again. I swear by the heavens that I also held in contempt those who laughed at the simplicity of the blinded people, who piously furnished large sums for nean purchase of prayers. Is it not often unspeakable? One public disagreement with a local nobleman aside, Meslier was to all appearances generally unremarkable, and he performed his office without complaint or problem for 40 years.
No trivia or quizzes yet.
Bronze-level articles Atheists Catholicism. What is more, Matthew testifies quite clearly that he did not rise to heaven, since he positively says that Jesus Christ assured his Apostles that he would remain with them until the end of time: Which shows that they are both in error. One public disagreement with a local nobleman aside, Meslier was to all appearances generally unremarkable, and testaent performed his office without complaint or problem for 40 years.
He offers evidence and arguments throughout the book, though they are not presented in such clarity as contemporary authors, of course.
This is the exact summary of the in-folio testament of Jean Meslier.
God gave us this religion in giving us reason. It is thus in vain that our Christ-lovers testamnet they can use them as infallible evidence proving the truth of their religion.
Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier
For example, Abraham had two wives, one of whom was only a servant according to the synagogue, and the other was a wife according to the Christian church. What contempt I felt for my ministry, and particularly for the superstitious mass and the ridiculous administration of the sacraments, especially when they had to be carried out with a solemnity that attracted your piety and excited your credulity? And now let any man who has not lost his senses examine if this Jesus was ever king, or if his disciples had everything in abundance.
This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat If our Christ-lovers say that the bodies of several of their saints were miraculously saved from corruption after their deaths, and that they were found through divine revelations after having been long lost, the pagans say the same thing about the body of Orestes, which they claim to have found with the aid of the Oracle, etc.
This book should be read by everyone and after reading, overthrow the tyrannies that we live under.
Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier by Jean Meslier
Guarding the flock of his father-in-law Laban, who had promised him that all the lambs of various colors that the sheep would produce would be his reward, he dreamed one night that he saw the males leap onto the females, and they produced lambs of various colors.
In fact, he derived them from books written by orthodox theologians in the debate between the Jesuits, Cartesians, and Msslier Micheal rated it really liked it Aug 28, Consequently, he should equally be their protector and benefactor, for he who meslief being should give all that flows from this that is needed for their well-being.
Max rated it really liked it Mesliee 07, Another book, Good Sense  published anonymously inwas long attributed to Meslier, but was in fact written by Baron d’Holbach. Corey Meyer rated it it was amazing Jul 10, He professed it, demonstrated it, arguing and quoting, sharing his reading and his reflections, and seeking testanent from his own observations of the everyday world. Jud Block rated it really liked it Mar 08, Why do they mock the falsity of the gods of the pagans?