Jean Meslier

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In existographies, Jean Meslier (291-226 BE) (1664-1729 ACM) (IQ:170|#368) (PR:19,748|65AE / religious figure:1,157) (FA:63) (GA:3) (CR:97) (LH:6) (TL:105|#102), pronounced "John Mes-lee-a"[1], was a French “ultra-intelligent” (Hatch, 2013)[2], "clear headed" (Buchner, 1884), matter and motion theorist, thing philosopher, and closet extreme atheist, semi-ranked as the world's first true atheist (Onfray, 2009), a Catholic priest (abbe) by profession, noted for []

Sways

Influences

Meslier was influenced by: Lucretius, Michel Montaigne, Rene Descartes, Lucilio Vanini, Jean Bruyere, Etienne la Boetie (1530-1563), and Nicolas Malebranche.

Contemporaneous

Meslier was contemporary with: Francois Fenelon (refuted him).

Influenced

Meslier influenced: Voltaire, Denis Diderot, and Baron Holbach.

Quotes

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The following are quotes:

The world is necessarily a mix of good and evil in there has to be good and evil, seeing that the natural order of generations and productions that are successfully made in nature cannot subsist or continue without this untoward mix of good and evil and without a great number of productions coming to an end every day to make way for new ones, which cannot happen without good for the one and evil for the other, i.e., without birth and growth for the one in destruction for the other. Consequently, it could not want to do evil when it could always do good without a mix of any evil. And so, since the world is, as we see, necessarily a confused mix of good and evil, it evidently follows that it was not made by an infinitely perfect being and, consequently, there is not god.”
— Jean Meslier (1729), The Testament (§94, pg. 574) [3]

Guts

The following is the "guts" quote:

“This reminds me of the wish that was once uttered by a man who neither knew science nor had education, but who obviously was not lacking judgment for appraising correctly all the obscene grievances and despicable despotisms which I am incriminating here; his wish and the manner in which he expressed his thought show that he was quite sharp-witted and had penetrated deep enough into this abominable mystery of malice of which I am talking, as he recognized so well the initiator and promoter. He wished that all the great and noble of the earth be hanged and strangled with the guts of the priests. This expression will not fail to appear brute, uncouth and shocking, but one will have to admit that it is frank and naive; it is brief but expressive, as it says enough with few words what such people deserve.”
— Jean Meslier (1729), recollection of a man’s wish, in Testament (§2)

This was paraphrased by Diderot as:

“I would like — and this would be the last and most ardent of my wishes — the last of the kings to be strangled by the guts of the last priest.”
— Jean Meslier (1729), attributed to Meslier by Denis Diderot (c.1780)[4]

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References

  1. Erdody, David. (2017). “Jean Meslier” (YT), David Erdody, Dec 31.
  2. Hatch, Donald. (2013). “Jean Meslier’s Revolutionary Views on Christianity” (WB), Humanist Perspective, Issue 184, Spring.
  3. Meslier, Jean. (1729). The Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments (translator: Michael Shreve; preface: Michel Onfray) (§94, pg. 574). Prometheus.
  4. Diderot, Denis. (1875). Poesies Diverses (§: Les Éleuthéromanes) (WQ). Publisher.

Works

  • Meslier, Jean. (1729). The Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments (translator: Michael Shreve; preface: Michel Onfray). Prometheus, 2009.

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