The History of Civilization Volume 1-2

The History of Civilization Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: the state: it is the state which rules the land, which makes war, levies taxes, governs the external destiny of the citizens. It is for the state to give to the religious society the form and constitution which best accord with the interests of general society. Whenever creeds cease to be individual; whenever they give birth to associations, these come within the cognizance and authority of the temporal powei., the only veritable power in a state. 3. The church ought to be independent, unnoticed in the state; the state has nothing to do with her; the temporal Dower ought to take no cognizance of religious creeds; it should let them approximate or separate, let them go on and govern themselves as they think best; it has no right, no occasion, to interfere in their affairs. 4. The church and the state are distinct societies, it is true; but they are at the same time close neighbors, and are nearly interested in one another: let them live separate, but not estranged; let them keep up an alliance on certain conditions, each living to itself; but each making sacrifices for the other, in case of need, each lending the other its support. In the internal organization of the religious society, the diversity of principles and forms is even still greater. And first, we see before us two leading systems: in the one, power is concentrated in the hands of the clergy; the priests alone form a constituted body; the ecclesiastical society governs the religious society: in the other, the religious society governs itself, or at least participates in the administration of its affairs; the social organization comprehends the body of the faithful, as well as the priests. Government in the hands of the ecclesiastical society solely may be constituted more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780892
  • 9781236780898