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Are the Gospels reliable? If testanent say that the first three Gospels speak only of one trstament, but that they ejan to distinctly mark off the others that passed after his baptism, or that John only means to speak of one Passover, though he seems to be speaking of several, and that it is only in anticipation that he several times repeats that the Passover of the Jews was near and that Jesus went to Jerusalem, and that consequently there is only an apparent contradiction among the Gospels on this subject, I would accept all this.

According to our Christ-lovers the second and third persons were engendered or produced; they thus had a beginning. Moreover, there were atheists in Greece and Rome before Christianity, though this has largely been ignored or overlooked until recently.

I can respect neither, though I agree that currently the Catholics — even with a pantheon of saints — look less loony and more stable. However, I am referring to my experience with many Catholic churches certainly, not all that do not teach its members to critically think, engage with Scripture, and engage in community with fellow believers.

I agree it has been misattributed, but to Holbach, not Meslier. On one hand they say he held it the evening of the eve of Passover, that is, the eve of the first day of unleavened bread, as it is said in Exodus One day one of these so-called prophets, named Zedekiah, seeing himself contradicted by another named Micah, the latter slapped the former and said to him: That by the abundance of riches and all the temporal happiness promised to this people should be understood the abundance of spiritual grace.

It would serve no purpose to say that the histories that report the acts contained in the Gospels were regarded as holy and sacred and that they were always faithfully preserved without any alteration of the truths they contain. If several saints miraculously calmed the cruelty and ferocity of the cruelest beasts, it is said that Orpheus attracted lions, bears, and tigers to himself through the sweetness of his song and the harmony of his instruments and calmed the ferocity of their nature; that he attracted stones and trees, and that even rivers stopped flowing so they could listen to him sing.


Editions ascribed to Meslier frequently include an abstract of his Testament together with Voltaire’s correspondence regarding Meslier.

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. One can at least respect Catholics a little bit since they have the intellectual sense not go for literalism, inerrancy, and generally accept evolution for the most part.

Described by the author as his “testament” to his parishioners, the text criticizes and denounces all religions. This can certainly only be the result of a stubborn blindness of meslied. God could not endow him with sinlessness, which is an inalienable portion of Divine perfection. Nor is jeaj any evidence that they were perseciuted for their stories. But do not fool yourselves, my dear friends. In fact, it is not without reason that these things are looked upon as vain lies, for it is easy to see that all these so-called miracles were only invented in imitation of the fables of pagan poets.

There are various views on this within Christianity and remains debatable. Lists with Testamnt Book. For concerns on copyright infringement please see: Hardcoverpages.

Testament: Memoir of the Thoughts and Sentiments of Jean Meslier by Jean Meslier

Judging from these excerpts I think his problem is more with the corruption of men then religious thought itself. At no time did I impugn or attempt to impugn their characters nor did I attempt to use any kind of character flaw or attack as a means to distract from an argument.

On the contrary, they testify that immediately after the Last Supper he left with his Apostles for the Mount of Olives, where he gave his soul over to sorrow, and that he finally fell into agony while the Apostles slept a short distance away. Sude Akduman rated it really liked it Mar 21, It is said of Saint Gracilien that he was divinely instructed testaemnt what he should believe and teach and that through the quality of his preaching he made a mountain retreat that jan preventing him from building a church.

As a result, all these shrewd and crafty politicians, taking advantage of the weakness, credulity, and ignorance of the weakest and least educated, easily made the people believe what they wanted them to and then made them accept reverently and submissively, willingly or by force, all the laws that they wanted to give them. As for the moving of mountains, he positively says that he who says to a mountain: Testamentpage Le Bon Sens[18] published anonymously inwas long attributed to Meslier, but was in fact written by Baron d’Holbach.

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But in the Acts of the Apostles he says that it was forty days after his resurrection, which certainly is not in agreement. The book appeared inmeslieer his death.


Jena what also makes obvious that these of books cannot have been be divinely inspired is the fact that, aside from the lowness and crudity of style and the lack of order in the narration of particular facts – which are extremely circumstantial – one can see that the authors are not in agreement with each other, and that they contradict each other in several areas. A long time ago it fell into error; it was born there, or better yet, it was engendered and formed there.

No amount jesn critical thinking leads one to the doctrines of the Trinity, Homoousion, or Original Sin.

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They contradict themselves on the day of the Last Supper. An interesting article series on religious changes, incidentally also including some Catholic-conversion data, Briang: That there endlessly flowed from the sepulcher of Saint Andrew a liqueur that cured all kinds of maladies. Meslier also vehemently attacked social injustice and sketched out a kind of rural proto-communism.

Everyone would have admired him and statues would have been put up in his honor, as was done for the gods.

Some Historical Perspectivesp. The full title is as follows: Click on my name for link. He shall reign forever in the house of Jacob, and his reign will have no end. Atheism in Pagan AntiquityVintage, All the laws and orders that are issued in the name and authority of God or the gods are really only human inventions….

What a pity and what madness. In fact, he concludes that “[w]hether there exists a God or not [ Voltaire published his own expurgated version as Extraits des sentiments de Jean Meslier first edition, Lacking this, it must be taken as certain that they were of merely human invention, full of errors and falsehoods. The following sources among a myriad of others offer strong evidence for Gospel reliability and the absurdity of naturalism: I believe, my dear friends, to have provided you with sufficient protection against so many follies.

There is the origin and source of all the haughty titles and names of lord, prince, king, monarch, and potentate who… oppress you as tyrants… There, likewise, is the source and origin of all the so-called holy and sacred authority of the jewn and ecclesiastical order and power that you priests and bishops lay claim to, who… on the pretext of wanting to lead you to heaven and obtain eternal happiness for you, prevent you jeean peacefully enjoying any real good here upon the earth.