Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet Bibliography

Politique tir‚e des propres paroles d l'criture sainte (Politics Derived from the Words of Holy Scripture) 1709
Published posthumously. Bossuet was a defender of absolute monarchy. He claimed that ?Human society has been destroyed and violated by the passions ?. The first man separated himself from God, and as just punishment discord was put in his family, and Cain killed his brother Abel.? Human nature, corrupted by original sin, is incompatible with society. Government is necessary as ?a brake on the passions.? A powerful ruler is required to overcome the confusion stemming from what Bossuet calls man's ?unsociable? disposition.