Top Ten List. 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 Intuitionistic Theism: Religion without Faith. Atheist's Wager. One formulation of the Atheist's Wager suggests that one should live a good life without religion, since Martin writes that a loving and kind god would reward good deeds, and if no gods exist, a good person will leave behind a positive legacy. The second formulation suggests that, instead of rewarding belief as in Pascal's wager, a god may reward disbelief, in which case one would risk losing infinite happiness by believing in a god unjustly, rather than disbelieving justly. Explanation The Wager states that if you were to analyze your options in regard to how to live your life, you would come out with the following possibilities: