This book is epic. Published on his death in 1729. Meslier hates gods, he loves to mock Jesus, to pour contempt on prophets, he hates all Kings and princes BECAUSE they are kings and princes! and the bishops that support their illegitimate rule, their underlings the petty priests, cannons and monks. He dissects prophets who babble nonsense, he exposes massive flaws in the 'holy' bible's authority. I must point out unfortunately the book does mention about 5 times the Jews, how they are a most despised and rotten people etc, this is a sad mistake the Author made in an otherwise triumphant blast to tyranny and oppression.
I'll just give some typical chapter headings:
4: First proof: Of the vanity and falsity of religions, which are all only human inventions 11: Weakness and vanity of the so-called miracles to authorise any truth of religion 16: The wisdom and learning contained in the so-called Holy Scriptures are only human 18: The miracles reported are unbelievable and the reason why 41: Sixth proof: Of the vanity and falsity of the Christian religion, taken from the abuse, the unjust persecutions, and the tyranny of rulers, which it tolerates or authorizes 60: Most of the learned and wisest of antiquity denied or doubted the existence of the gods 76: There are many false prophets and many false miracles (there are 97 chapters)
Some times it is a flow chart, at times he gives us his stream of conscientiousness. This book is intellectual, it is very angry, it is righteous and forceful. Meslier's message must have been loud in the ears of the revolutionaries in France when they put their priests in boats.. and sank the boats >;) although in the book Meslier does at one point generously say we shouldn't kill priests.
He is humourous, he is ruthless, he gives us soap box chapters on animal rights and an entire chapter devoted to monks begging them to get a proper job.
Extremely radical. Height of the Enlightenment. Anti-tyranny, anti-religion, anti-state.
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