Rousseau As Machiavelli Does Warn Regarding Certain Religions

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Rousseau as Machiavelli does warn regarding certain religions. Rousseau speaks against
Christianity. Rousseau believes Christians live in their own planet and he explains that their world is not here on earth, “But this religion, since it has no particular relation to the body politic, leaves the laws with only the force the derive from themselves without adding any force to them, and, due to this, one of the great bonds of any particular society remains ineffectual”
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 268).
Rousseau goes more in detail in his argument against Christianity and believes
Christianity alone can lead to vice and destruction in any regime, “What is more, far from attaching the citizens’ hearts to the state, it detaches them from it as it does from all earthy things. I know of nothing more contrary to the social spirit” (Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 268).
He continues and declares that many individuals believe that true Christians would construct the model regimen. Rousseau argues this notion and states that it’s not accurate; he views a Christian society as burdensome and complicated. He declares a Christian regime could not become a society.
He then states, “this supposed society would be neither the strongest nor the most durable. By dint of perfect, it would lack cohesion: its fatal vice would lie in its very perfection”
(Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 268). He continues in declaring that every individual would do his purpose and that nationals would be average with no…

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