THE troubles of a governmental system in which church and state were for centuries so closely identified that responsibility could be fixed upon neither have dislocated the proportions of both in the field of history. The ever growing disintegration and disorganization of ecclesiastical government in the Teutonic or Reformed Church, have in contemporary times discredited ecclesiasticism still further, and now its most modern forms appear well-nigh contemptible as historic forces. No wonder, therefore, that the latest generations have fallen into the natural but serious error of establishing for themselves, as a judicial standpoint, the total separation of church and state, not alone institutionally but likewise historically. The stubborn efforts to explain mediævalism with little or no consideration for the unifying political influence of the church are pitiful; the widely heralded discovery that the Thirty Years' War ended ecclesiastical politics is fantastic; the so-called secular history of the revolutionary epoch, relegating church influence to a few paragraphs, utterly fails to satisfy the demand for logical sequence. When we consider the splendors of the Roman Church in its long intervals of sanity, the sound
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Publication information: Book title: The French Revolution and Religious Reform:An Account of Ecclesiastical Legislation and Its Influence on Affairs in France from 1789 to 1804. Contributors: William Milligan Sloane - Author. Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1901. Page number: vii.