Jean Meslier

Jean Meslier

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Jean Meslier (15 January 1664 - 1729) was a French Catholic priest who was discovered, upon his death, to have written a book-length philosophical essay promoting atheism. Described by the author as his "testament" to his parishioners, the text denounces all religion. Jean Meslier was born in Mazerny in the Ardennes. He began learning Latin from a neighborhood priest in 1678 and eventually joined the seminary; he later claimed, in the Author's Preface to his Testament, this was done to please his parents. At the end of his studies, he took Holy Orders and, on January 7, 1689, became priest at tr pigny, in Champagne. 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. He lived like a pauper, and every penny left over was donated to the poor.show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 295g
  • Miss Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136675706
  • 9786136675701