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THEOCRACY. A species of government which claims to be immediately directed by God.
     2. La religion qui, dans l'antiquite, s'associa souvent au despotisms, pour regner. par son bras ou a son ombrage, a quelquefois tents de regner seule. Clest ce qu'elle appelait le regne de Dieu, la thiocratie. Matter, De l'influence des Moeurs sur les lois, et de l'influence dos Lois sur les moeurs, 189. Religion, which in former times, frequently associated itself with despotism, to reign, by its power, or under its shadow, has sometimes attempted to reign alone, and this she has called the reign of God, theocracy.

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He believes in a strong papacy, certainly, as a theological concept--but that does not automatically translate into support for micromanagement in ecclesiastical government.
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More important still, Kempshall's book challenges long held (and, in the case of Neo-Thomist thought) deeply cherished ideas about the role of the scholastic philosophers in adapting Aristotelian notions of political society and the virtuous life to late medieval concepts of secular and ecclesiastical government. He rejects outright the argument first articulated in the 1930s by Georges de Lagarde, and reshaped by Walter Ullman a few years later, that the reception of Aristotelian philosophy initiated a whole new phase in the development of western European political thought.