• The rule of God is not tyranny, for it does not partake of a political or governmental character -- it is not a rule of authority. God is not a governor of the universe, for a governor rules over those of a like nature with himself, and exercises a political and judicial power, while God exercises a creative, a preserving, and a determinative power of an altogether different kind. If I am a servant of God, I am under no tyranny; for God does not govern, but supports, sustains, and directs me.

    William Batchelder Greene, Jakob Böhme, Antoine Fabre d'Olivet, Philippe-Joseph-Benjamin Buchez (1849). “Remarks on the science of history: followed by An a priori autobiography”, p.35