The Englishman's Brief on Behalf of His National Church

The Englishman's Brief on Behalf of His National Church

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...the people committed to their charge, entitle them to be designated Servants of the State, then indeed they are so in the highest sense; but it is in every good work in the gospel of Christ. And in this respect and in this sense, may we not without any discourtesy venture to assert, as we have already shown, that ministers of religious bodies who are recognised by the State, and who by various Acts of Parliament have privileges conferred upon them, by virtue of their officially religious character, such as are not conferred upon other subjects of the realm--with the exception of the clergy and certain other privileged classes--are so far Servants of the State, and are very properly answerable to the State for carrying out the duties of their office, owing to the assumed per formance of which they enjoy their special immunities and privileges. If the Church were Disestablished and Disendowed, would not her Clergy have more liberty in religious matters P LVIII. Let us enquire what is meant by more liberty in religious matters. Liberty to think what? to speak what? and to do what more than is now possessed? The clergy do not want liberty to believe what they disbelieve, to say what they don't want to say, or to do what they don't want to do. To speak of giving liberty to a man is to suppose that he is in bondage. No man is compelled to enter the ministry of the Church of England. No man having entered it, and becoming dissatisfied with his position, is forced to remain in it. There is full liberty to all to leave it should they feel disposed so to do. However much some of the clergy may feel that things in several respects might be better arranged' than they are now, it is presumed that in retaining their position in the ministry they do so...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570081
  • 9781236570086