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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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21) In the preface to part 11 of his Reports, Coke's brief summary casts the case in this light, as dealing with the public interest: "And justly doth the Case of Magdalen Colledge in Cambridge challenge the next place: which tendeth to the maintenance of Gods true Religion, the advancement of liberal Arts and Sciences, the supportation of the Ecclesiastical state, the preseruation and prosperity of those two famous Sisters, the Vniversities of Cambridge and Oxford, and of all the Colledges within the Realme, and the establishment of Hospitals, and provisions for the poore.
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The treaty provided for the German rulers who lost territory west of the Rhine to be compensated elsewhere in the empire at the expense of the ecclesiastical states.