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Charles Péguy: The Unity of Revelation and Revolution

Inordertoresolvetheproblemwehavesetforourselves,namely, underwhatconditionswasSorel'suniquecombinationofradicalism andirrationalismmoulded,wemustdefineinspecifictermsthe socialandintellectualmilieuoffindesiecleFrance.Whateverthe startingpointinsuchaninvestigation,Catholicism,Syndicalism, NationalismandSocialism,andtheformsoftheirinterpenetration, allmeritattention.TheintellectualtasksweresetforSorelbythis environmentoflifeandletters.Inthissetting,perhapsthestrongest elementinanimmediatesensewasCatholicism.Sorelwasbornand raisedaCatholic,livedhismarriedlifeaccordingtotherigidstandardsoftheTestaments,advocatedmoralpurificationasthebasisof proletarianregenerationand,aboveall,numberedamonghisvery closestassociatesbetween1895and1905CharlesPeguy-perhapsthe mostsignificantvoiceinFrenchsocialChristianitysinceProudhon.