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: 578
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

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

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

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

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

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

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

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

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

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

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

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

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

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... 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.

Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius
The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine
Jerusalem
by Selma Lagerlof
To My Younger Brethren
by Handley C.G. Moule
The Bhagavad-Gita
by Anonymous
The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan
Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
by Jens Christian Aaberg
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramhansa Yogananda

See more popular titles from this genre.