Jean Meslier. Jean Meslier Jean Meslier (French: [melje]; also Mellier; 15 June 1664 – 17 June 1729), was a French Catholic priest (abbé) 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. Life Thought In his most famous quote, Meslier 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 Equally well-known is the version by Diderot: "And [with] the guts of the last priest let's strangle the neck of the last king Voltaire's Extrait Various edited abstracts (known as "extraits") of the Testament were printed and circulated, condensing the multi-volume original manuscript and sometimes adding material that was not written by Meslier.
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