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Priests, Women, and Families

[LE PRETRE, LA FEMME, ET LA FAMILLE.]

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Author: Jules Michelet
Published: 1846
Language: English
Wordcount: 69,592 / 209 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.1
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 502
Added to site: 2010.04.28
mnybks.net#: 27520
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Religion
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not resort to find more suitable ones?

We are in a church: see the crowd, the dense mass of people who after having wandered far, enter here weary and athirst, hoping to find some refreshment; they wait with open mouths. Will there even be one small drop of dew?

No; a decent, proper, blunt-looking man ascends the pulpit: he will not affect them; he confines himself to proofs. He makes a grand display of reasoning, with high logical pretensions and much solemnity in his premises. Then come sudden, sharp conclusions; but for middle term there is none: "These things require no proof." Why, then, miserable reasoner, did you make so much noise about your proofs?

Well! do not prove! only love! and we will let you off everything else. Say only one word from the heart to comfort this crowd. All that variegated mass of living heads, that you see so closely assembled around your pulpit are not blocks of stone, but so many living souls. Those yonder are young men, the rising generation, our future s

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