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Mais le câble rompt comme un fil. On ne lie pas le Droit; il est la liberté, il est le libre souverain des mortels et des immortels. Les religions ne sont religions qu'autant qu'elles entrent dans le droit. C'est avec une audace, mais avec une autorité extraordinaire et décisive que Jurieu proclame ceci: Dieu même a fait pacte avec l'homme; il n'use point du pouvoir sans bornes. Il veut régner selon le droit. Nous devons dire que si, par impossible, Dieu pouvait cesser d'être juste, ruiner sans cause des sociétés innocentes, il n'aurait plus autorité sur elles.

Les naissances, les mariages, ces solennels bonheurs de l'homme, étaient des crises d'inquiétude. On pleurait d'être mère. On avait peur de naître. On ne savait comment mourir. Mais vivait-on vraiment? En alerte toujours et l'oreille dressée, comme le lièvre au sillon. Cela dura cent ans, jusqu'aux premières lueurs de la Révolution. Pendant tout un long siècle, ce peuple de près d'un million d'âmes eut plus que la Terreur et plus que la Loi des suspects. CHAPITRE XXVI Les petits prophètes 1688 Le XVIIe siècle peut se vanter d'un fait original, unique et inouï, qu'on ne vit pas avant, qu'on ne vit pas après.

De même en Angleterre (mars 1687), en ajoutant ce mot qui aigrissait plutôt: ((Sauf la décision des Chambres, quand il nous plaira de les assembler. ,, Pour soutenir cela, il remplissait l'armée de catholiques et même d'Irlandais. Il fit des catholiques évêques. Il osa même, pour terrifier l'Eglise anglicane, ressusciter la commission ecclésiastique d'Elisabeth, qui devait s'enquérir de 46 1688 la conduite des évêques et faire au besoin leur procès. Acte agressif qui leur donna le courage de la résistance.

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