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Meslier, Jean 1664-1729

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Works: 228 works in 652 publications in 10 languages and 3,467 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Biography  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Translator, Attributed name, Dubious author, Editor
Classifications: BL2773, 211.8
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Superstition in all ages: by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

24 editions published between 1795 and 1999 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A leading figure of the French Enlightment, Paul Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (1723-1789), was an acquaintance of Diderot, Rousseau, and Hume, among others, and a prolific contributor of scientific articles to Diderot's famous Encyclopedie. A man not only of considerable wealth and influence, but great generosity, he was known among friends as the "maitre d'hotel of philosophy" because he so often entertained noted philosophers and intellectuals of the day at his home. When he published his radical reviews on religion, he felt constrained to use pseudonyms. Advocating a philosophy of atheistic materialism, he vigorously argued against all religious interpretations of life calling them superstition and taking special aim at the Christian worldview of his day." "Good Sense, published in 1772 under the pseudonym Jean Meslier, systematically presents the atheistic challenge to religion, critiquing point by point every contention of religion from the nature of God to the existence of the soul, belief in miracles, heaven and hell, the divine right of kings, the role of the priesthood, and many other points of dogma and tradition."--BOOK JACKET
Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

42 editions published between 1970 and 1984 in 5 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

in French and Multiple languages and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Testament : memoir of the thoughts and sentiments of Jean Meslier by Jean Meslier( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Know, then, my friends, that everything that is recited and practiced in the world for the cult and adoration of gods is nothing but errors, abuses, illusions, and impostures. All the laws and orders that are issued in the name and authority of God or the gods are really only human inventions . "And what I say here in general about the vanity and falsity of the religions of the world, I don't say only about the foreign and pagan religions, which you already regard as false, but I say it as well about your Christian religion because, as a matter of fact, it is no less vain or less false than any other."" "These are not the words of Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, or any other outspoken contemporary atheist. In fact, they are the words of a quiet, modest parish priest named Jean Meslier, who died in early 18th-century France and left behind his copious Testament as a legacy for his parishioners. This obviously controversial work, which influenced such noted thinkers as Baron d'Holbach and Voltaire, and is viewed by some historians as anticipating both the French Revolution and Karl Marx, is now available in English for the first time." "j In impassioned tones but with analytical precision, Meslier presents a methodical deconstruction of Christianity and the governments that support it, along with a thoughtful defense of the fundamental human rights of liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness. He reveals himself not only as a materialist and unbeliever but also as a man of revolutionary sentiments who firmly opposes the governments of his day, which he maintains keep the common people in ignorance, fear, and poverty through religion. Moreover, he urges his former parishioners to wake up and inform themselves about the truth of their governments and religion." "This fascinating document, which is an early forerunner of many later critiques of religion, is must reading for freethinkers, skeptics, and anyone with an interest in the history of religion and dissent."--Jacket
Le testament de Jean Meslier, curé d'Étrepigny et de But en Champagne, décédé en 1733 : ouvrage inédit by Jean Meslier( Book )

33 editions published between 1864 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

12 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in French and Multiple languages and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

15 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in French and Multiple languages and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Testament des Abbé Meslier by Jean Meslier( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le bon sens du curé Jean Meslier. Suivi de son testament by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

5 editions published in 1970 in French and German and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Good sense: or Natural ideas opposed to ideas that are supernatural; being a translation from the "Bon sens" of the Curé Meslier by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( )

5 editions published in 1826 in English and German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Testament by Jean Meslier( Book )

25 editions published between 1742 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le bon sens; ou, Idées naturelles opposées aux idées surnaturelles by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

4 editions published between 1772 and 1821 in French and Spanish and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mémoire des pensées et des sentiments de Jean Meslier by Jean Meslier( )

7 editions published between 1729 and 2007 in French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Testamento de un cura ateo; seguido de Ensayo de historia natural sobre algunas especies de monjes por Jean de Antimoine by Jean Meslier( )

2 editions published in 2011 in Spanish and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le bon sens du curé Meslier, suivi de son Testament by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

10 editions published between 1802 and 1930 in French and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le bon sens du curé J. Meslier, suivi de son Testament by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

6 editions published in 1802 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le bon sens du curé J. Meslier, Suivi de son testament by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

in French and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le bon sens puisé dans la nature, ou, Idés naturelles opposées aux idées surnaturelles by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

6 editions published between 1791 and 1792 in French and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der gesunde Menschenverstand von Pfarrer Jean Meslier. Laut seinem Testament by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( )

4 editions published between 1856 and 1867 in German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Testament : memoir of the thoughts and sentiments of Jean Meslier
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Testament : memoir of the thoughts and sentiments of Jean Meslier
Alternative Names
Jan Meslier

Jean Meslier Frans filosoof

Jean Meslier französischer Pfarrer und Kirchenkritiker der Frühaufklärung

Jean Meslier French priest

Jean Meslier presbitero e filosofo francese

Jean Meslier prêtre et philosophe français connu pour son athéisme

Meiliye 1664-1729

Meiliye, Rang 1664-1729

Mel'e, Ž.

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Melʹe, Žan 1664-1729

Melʹe, Zhan

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Melier, Jean 1664-1729

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Meslier 1664-1729 curé

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Meslier, Curé

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Meslier, J.

Meslier, J. 1664-1729

Meslier, Jan.

Meslier, Jean

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