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Meslier, Jean 1664-1729

Overview
Works: 231 works in 647 publications in 11 languages and 3,376 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Biography  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Translator, Dubious author, Editor, Attributed name
Classifications: BL2773, 840.81
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Superstition in all ages: by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

23 editions published between 1890 and 1999 in English and French and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baron Holbach's polemic attacking religion, espousing atheism and arguing for a purely materialist view of man and nature
Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

63 editions published between 1970 and 1984 in 5 languages and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

in French and Multiple languages and held by 168 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 97 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 bon sens du curé J. Meslier, Suivi de son testament by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

28 editions published between 1802 and 1920 in French and held by 78 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 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das Testament des Abbé Meslier by Jean Meslier( Book )

5 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in German and Spanish and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Jean Meslier( Book )

2 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in French and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extraits du Mémoire de Jean Meslier, 1664-1729, suivis des Lettres de l'auteur aux curés de son voisinage : textes by Jean Meslier( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in French and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1802 and 1930 in French and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mémoire contre la religion by Jean Meslier( Book )

18 editions published between 1762 and 2007 in French and English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gloyben un fernunfṭ by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

7 editions published between 1907 and 1999 in Yiddish and Hebrew and held by 31 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 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le testament : 1-3 by Jean Meslier( Book )

17 editions published between 1864 and 1974 in French and German and held by 24 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( Book )

5 editions published in 1826 in English and German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1856 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Superstition in all ages; a dying confession by Paul Henri Thiry Holbach( Book )

3 editions published in 1910 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 1729 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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

2 editions published in 1729 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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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.

Mel'e, Žan.

Melʹe, Žan 1664-1729

Melʹe, Zhan

Melʹe, Zhan 1664-1729

Melier, Jean 1664-1729

Mellier, Jean 1664-1729

Merie Jan 1664-1729

Meslier 1664-1729 abbé

Meslier 1664-1729 curé

Meslier abbé 1664-1729

Meslier, Curé

Meslier curé 1664-1729

Meslier, J.

Meslier, J. 1664-1729

Meslier, Jan.

Meslier, Jean

Жан Мелиjе

Жан Мельє

Мелье, Ж.

Мелье, Жан

Мелье, Жан 1664-1729

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مه‌لیه, ژ.

ژان ملیه

ജീൻ മെസ്ലിയർ

ジャン・メリエ

メリエ, ジャン

メリエ ジャン 1664-1729

梅叶, 让

让·梅叶

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Testament : memoir of the thoughts and sentiments of Jean Meslier