The Homiletic Review Volume 29

The Homiletic Review Volume 29

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...and State has been the principal disturber of the peace of nations. Any courtship or wedded relation has eventually proved the curse of both. Whenever the Christian Church has sought the favor of rulers or governments, it has become a subject and not a sovereign. Whenever rulers or governments have sought the favor of the Church, they have become the abject slaves of ecclesiasticism--the worst bondage ever known to man. The theory of our Government is that the Church and State shall coexist in mutual peace and respective separation, the State caring for the secular interests and the Church attending to the moral and spiritual interests of the people, and each paying its own bills. Sectarian appropriations constitute one of the chief and most prolific sources of political corruption. Sectarian legislation crowds out the consideration of questions and principles which embody the rights and privileges of all the people by injecting politico-ecclesiastical controversies which have never in human history helped civil government, but which have always blocked the way of civil and religious liberty and obstructed the path of human progress. Sectarian legislation makes cowards of lawmakers, chills the tender buds of promise struggling to come forth in incipient statesmen, and too often wrecks what has been conceded as an achieved reputation for statesmanship. Sectarian legislation degrades and prostitutes the ministers and the organized forces of religion by using them to cajole or coerce the favor of government or its officers, and thus emasculates the legitimate strength of the divine oracles with which they are entrusted. This sectarian subsidy system drags our charitable institutions into politics. Men and women, otherwise respectable, more

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 603g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236855434
  • 9781236855435