Superstition In All Ages (1732)

Common Sense

Cover image for

Download


Author: Jean Meslier
Published: 1732
Language: English
Wordcount: 84,062 / 246 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.5
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 597
Added to site: 2006.01.26
mnybks.net#: 12608
Genre: Religion

With commentary by Voltaire, translated by Anna Knoop.

Show Excerpt

inth into which his ancestors had misled him; he felt compelled to groan under the yoke of his Gods, of whom he knew nothing except the fabulous accounts of their ministers. These, after having fettered him by the ties of opinion, have remained his masters or delivered him up defenseless to the absolute power of tyrants, no less terrible than the Gods, of whom they were the representatives upon the earth. Oppressed by the double yoke of spiritual and temporal power, it was impossible for the people to instruct themselves and to work for their own welfare. Thus, religion, politics, and morals became sanctuaries, into which the profane were not permitted to enter. Men had no other morality than that which their legislators and their priests claimed as descended from unknown empyrean regions. The human mind, perplexed by these theological opinions, misunderstood itself, doubted its own powers, mistrusted experience, feared truth, disdained its reason, and left it to blindly follow authority. Man was a pure machi

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for Superstition In All Ages (1732) by Jean Meslier - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The King's Daughters
by Emily Sarah Holt
The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine
Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramhansa Yogananda
The Bhagavad-Gita
by Anonymous
Men of the Bible
by Dwight L. Moody
Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
by Jens Christian Aaberg
The Book of the Dead
by E.A. Wallis Budge

See more popular titles from this genre.