“The Church of God…would probably have existed among men even without revelation, and been preserved and spread by pious and holy men. Its purpose is eternal happiness. And it is no wonder that I call it a natural society, since there is a natural religion and a desire for immortality planted in us. This society of the saints is catholic or universal, and binds the whole human race together. If revelation is added, this bond is not torn, but strengthened.”
— G.W. Leibniz, “On Natural Law,” in The Political Thought of Leibniz, trans. and ed. Patrick Riley (Cambridge, 1972), 79.