The Spirit of Laws (Book V)
The Spirit of Laws is one of the ten most influential French books in China.
The Spirit of Laws (Book V) discourses the relationship between law and religion, the scope of use of various departmental laws and other issues.
As amidst several degrees of darkness we may form a judgment of those which are the least thick, and among precipices which are the least deep, so we may search among false religions for those that are most conformable to the welfare of society; for those which, though they have not the effect of leading men to the felicity of another life, may contribute most to their happiness in this.The Christian religion, which ordains that men should love each other, would, without doubt, have every nation blest with the best civil, the best political laws; because these, next to this religion, are the greatest good that men can give and receive.
Chapter I Of Laws in relation to Religion Considered in Itself, and in Its Doctrines
Chapter II Of Laws in Relation to the Establishment of Religion and Its External Polity
Chapter III Of Laws in Relation to the Order of Things Which They Determine