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"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 "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. 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 interested in the history of religion and dissent.


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"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 "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. 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 interested in the history of religion and dissent.

30 review for Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier

  1. 5 out of 5

    Argos

    Bu kitabı yıllar önce okumuştum, çok iyi ve sağlam bir kitaptı. Esas benim için etkileyici olan İ. Ü. Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi’nde (Beyazıt’ta İletişim Fak. yanında) “Atatürk’ün Okuduğu Kitaplar” bölümünde bu kitabı elime alıp inceleme fırsatı buldum. Atatürk’ün kırmızı kalemle sayfa boşluklarına aldığı notlar (derkenar), bazı kelimelerin altını bir, bazılarını iki kez çizmesi bu okumaya nasıl bir önem verdiğini gösteriyordu. Fransızca bilmediğimden notları anlamadım. Sanırım kitap 1864 (veya 1 Bu kitabı yıllar önce okumuştum, çok iyi ve sağlam bir kitaptı. Esas benim için etkileyici olan İ. Ü. Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi’nde (Beyazıt’ta İletişim Fak. yanında) “Atatürk’ün Okuduğu Kitaplar” bölümünde bu kitabı elime alıp inceleme fırsatı buldum. Atatürk’ün kırmızı kalemle sayfa boşluklarına aldığı notlar (derkenar), bazı kelimelerin altını bir, bazılarını iki kez çizmesi bu okumaya nasıl bir önem verdiğini gösteriyordu. Fransızca bilmediğimden notları anlamadım. Sanırım kitap 1864 (veya 1884) baskısıydı. İçeriği bilinen bu kitabı Atatürk’ten sonra ülkeyi yönetenlerden kaç kişi okumuştur diye düşünmüştüm. Düşünmeye de devam ediyorum.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yelda Gürbüz Erdogan

    Daha F ransız devriminılmamış. Voltaire'in etkilendiği bir kitap. Önsözler yaklaşık 70 sayfa. Herkes bir önsöz yazmış bir din adamının dini kendi amaç ve çıkarları için kullanan din adamlarına karşı, doğmalara karşı yazdığı bu eserine. Argümanları ve doğmaları ele alma biçimi eşsiz. Özellikle yapıtın 1729 yılında yazıldığı düşünülürse. Ünlü filozoflardan D’Alambert’in ifadesi ise şöyle: “Dışardan az görünen kuvvetiyle bu derece etki yapan yalnızca top barutunu tanıyorum. Jean Meslier’nin kitabı Daha F ransız devriminılmamış. Voltaire'in etkilendiği bir kitap. Önsözler yaklaşık 70 sayfa. Herkes bir önsöz yazmış bir din adamının dini kendi amaç ve çıkarları için kullanan din adamlarına karşı, doğmalara karşı yazdığı bu eserine. Argümanları ve doğmaları ele alma biçimi eşsiz. Özellikle yapıtın 1729 yılında yazıldığı düşünülürse. Ünlü filozoflardan D’Alambert’in ifadesi ise şöyle: “Dışardan az görünen kuvvetiyle bu derece etki yapan yalnızca top barutunu tanıyorum. Jean Meslier’nin kitabı top barutuna benziyor.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stian

    Jean Meslier was a French Catholic priest who was, in secret, an atheist. After he died this work was discovered. The full title is as follows: Jean Meslier, Parish Priest of Etrépigny and Balaives on the Errors and Abuses of the Conduct and Government of Men Wherein We Can See Clear and Evident Proofs of the Vanity and Falsity of All the Divinities and of All the Religions of the World to Be Addressed to His Parishioners after His Death and to Serve as a Witness of Truth to Them and Their Fello Jean Meslier was a French Catholic priest who was, in secret, an atheist. After he died this work was discovered. The full title is as follows: Jean Meslier, Parish Priest of Etrépigny and Balaives on the Errors and Abuses of the Conduct and Government of Men Wherein We Can See Clear and Evident Proofs of the Vanity and Falsity of All the Divinities and of All the Religions of the World to Be Addressed to His Parishioners after His Death and to Serve as a Witness of Truth to Them and Their Fellow Men. It is an extremely fascinating work, and Meslier is bitter and angry. He denies free will, he denies that humans have any soul. He was a kind of proto communist, and he deplored cruelty towards animals. He was, in many ways at least, moral in ways that his fellow men were not. In a sense these are the notes of a man living in a totalitarian situation, and he is sad, bitter, angry, and rightly so. He has witnessed first-hand how the church exploited the poor and how his fellow priests use their priesthood to do evil, not good. The most famous quote from the book is without a doubt this one, where he refers to a man who: ...wished that all the great men in the world and all the nobility could be hanged, and strangled with the guts of the priests. Meslier might not be well remember today, but he was important shortly after his death. Some historians have claimed that Meslier's work played a pivotal role in unleashing the rebellious anarchist sentiments that lead to the French revolution, and that Karl Marx was influenced by him. Voltaire, D'Holbach and Diderot all drew some sort of inspiration from his work, and Voltaire even got his hand on it and twisted it to his gain, as is pointed out in the preface: The Testament is a time bomb. Recopied, it circulates illicitly. Voltaire hears about this fire ship that they were snatching up for a fortune. He obtains a copy but deplores the atheism and libertarian communism. He goes on to produce a fake with deductions that are useful to his anticlerical, deist fight; he preserves the attack against superstitions, the clergy and the catholic church, but he suppresses the negation of God, trashes the political outline, takes drastic measures and discards the details of the materialist philosophy, emasculates the text and concocts a conclusion that makes Meslier a... Voltairian deist! There is nothing new here if you are already an atheist, and I think Meslier is far too crude and downright rude to convert any believers. But it is an extremely interesting work,: a priest writing a work like this in the 1700s! That alone makes it fascinating.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Onyango Makagutu

    This book should be read by everyone and after reading, overthrow the tyrannies that we live under

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Acuña

    "¡Ay!, queridos amigos, ¡si conocierais la vanidad y la locura de los errores que se ocultan bajo esa religión de la que tanto os hablan, y si supierais cuán injusta e indignamente abusan de la autoridad que os han usurpado con el pretexto de que os tienen que gobernar, despreciaríais todo cuanto os han hecho adorar y respetar, y no tendríais más que odio y desprecio hacia quienes os mienten y os gobiernan tan mal y os tratan tan indignamente! Recuerdo a este respecto el deseo expresado por un h "¡Ay!, queridos amigos, ¡si conocierais la vanidad y la locura de los errores que se ocultan bajo esa religión de la que tanto os hablan, y si supierais cuán injusta e indignamente abusan de la autoridad que os han usurpado con el pretexto de que os tienen que gobernar, despreciaríais todo cuanto os han hecho adorar y respetar, y no tendríais más que odio y desprecio hacia quienes os mienten y os gobiernan tan mal y os tratan tan indignamente! Recuerdo a este respecto el deseo expresado por un hombre que carecía de estudios pero a quien, a juzgar por las apariencias, no le faltaba sentido común a la hora de considerar las mentiras odiosas y las tiranías perniciosas que estoy censurando. A juzgar por sus propósitos y por la forma en que los expuso, parece que no carecía de penetración en asuntos como el detestable misterio de iniquidad del que os estoy hablando, es más, diría que daba muestras de conocer muy bien a semejantes autores y a semejantes falsarios: no en balde deseaba que todos los poderosos y los nobles de la Tierra fueran colgados y ahorcados con las tripas de los curas". Jean Meslier (1664-1729), Memoria contra la religión*, Laetoli, Pamplona, 2010. * El título completo es: Memoria de los pensamientos y sentimientos de Jean Meslier, cura de Etrépigny y de Balaives, acerca de ciertos errores y falsedades en la guía y gobierno de los hombres, donde se hallan demostraciones claras y evidentes de la vanidad y falsedad de todas las divinidades y religiones que hay en el mundo, memoria que debe ser entregada a sus parroquianos después de su muerte para que sirva de testimonio de la verdad, tanto para ellos como para sus semejantes. In testimoniis illis, et gentibus.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erkin Unlu

    Jean Meslier, hayatı boyunca ateist olduğunu açıklayamadan ölmüş bir rahip. Bu kitabı da öldükten sonra vasiyeti aracılığıyla bulunmuş ve yayınlanmış. Atatürk, kitabın 27-28 yılları arasında Türkçeye çevrilmesini istemiş. Tanrının olamayacağını hem fiziki hem de felsefi açıdan açıklayan bir metin. Hali hazırda bir tanrı tanımaz olduğumdan bu tarz kitapları pek sevemiyorum. Bence tanrının varolmadığına en büyük kanıt henüz kendisini aynı anda gören 3 bağımsız kişinin olmaması. Hep en fazla 1-2 kiş Jean Meslier, hayatı boyunca ateist olduğunu açıklayamadan ölmüş bir rahip. Bu kitabı da öldükten sonra vasiyeti aracılığıyla bulunmuş ve yayınlanmış. Atatürk, kitabın 27-28 yılları arasında Türkçeye çevrilmesini istemiş. Tanrının olamayacağını hem fiziki hem de felsefi açıdan açıklayan bir metin. Hali hazırda bir tanrı tanımaz olduğumdan bu tarz kitapları pek sevemiyorum. Bence tanrının varolmadığına en büyük kanıt henüz kendisini aynı anda gören 3 bağımsız kişinin olmaması. Hep en fazla 1-2 kişi, onlar da tabii ki peygamberlik unvanına sahip şahıslar oluyor. Ne tesadüf:) Ayrıca dini kitaplardaki ahlakın günümüz ahlakına uymaması da cabası. Dolayısıyla felsefi bir tartışmaya girmek çok yararlı değil. İnanmayan zaten ihtiyaç duymaz bu sözlere, inanan da bu tartışmaları ya anlamaz yada anlamak istemez.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pierre A Renaud

    About: http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2... Volumes 1-3: http://archive.org/details/letestamen... http://archive.org/details/letestamen... http://archive.org/details/letestamen... NoCopyright/French/History/Atheism/Banned Source: http://goo.gl/maj3f (archive.org) About: http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2... Volumes 1-3: http://archive.org/details/letestamen... http://archive.org/details/letestamen... http://archive.org/details/letestamen... NoCopyright/French/History/Atheism/Banned Source: http://goo.gl/maj3f (archive.org)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denis

    о том, что бога нет, все попы - обманщики Тяжела для чтения, очень нудная)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Seifeddine

    This book is so funny, so pessimistic, so true and the critique is so detailed. We still live in a world described more than 200 years ago.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Vladimiro

    Um tipo que afinal e com as devidas diferenças e distancias sociais, é tão igual a qualquer um contemporâneo, que por influência dos pais e por jugo próprio de ter uma vida estável, escolheu uma profissão : Padre! Ora e como nos tempos presentes, cumpriu as suas funções detestando cada dia do seu trabalho, vomitando à noite todas as suas considerações sobre a corrupção das Igrejas e Nobrezas, o modo como conscientemente jogavam com a ignorâncias dos seus rebanhos, subjugando-os pelo medo de modo Um tipo que afinal e com as devidas diferenças e distancias sociais, é tão igual a qualquer um contemporâneo, que por influência dos pais e por jugo próprio de ter uma vida estável, escolheu uma profissão : Padre! Ora e como nos tempos presentes, cumpriu as suas funções detestando cada dia do seu trabalho, vomitando à noite todas as suas considerações sobre a corrupção das Igrejas e Nobrezas, o modo como conscientemente jogavam com a ignorâncias dos seus rebanhos, subjugando-os pelo medo de modo a viverem em opulência. Obvio que naquela altura tinha de estar calado, mas deixou este testemunho para a posteridade que deve ter deixado a sua congregação de queixos rés , ao perceberem que durante 40 anos, tiveram um tipo ateu e mesmo com laivos de regicida o que me fez rir com há muito não ria. A escrita é pura, raiva pura.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pierre A Renaud

    Tome 1: http://books.google.ca/books?id=h6MFA... Tome 2: http://books.google.ca/books?id=nKMFA... Tome 3: http://books.google.ca/books?id=O6IOA... Tome 1: http://books.google.ca/books?id=h6MFA... Tome 2: http://books.google.ca/books?id=nKMFA... Tome 3: http://books.google.ca/books?id=O6IOA...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vasko kotan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Molly Rose

  14. 4 out of 5

    Celal

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sander Klaasse

  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Walid

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sude Akduman

  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Izzet

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jud Block

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hülya Ertan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meslier

  27. 4 out of 5

    Micheal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gautier Thomas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ihsan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Metin Tank

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