On the Christian and Economic Polity of a Nation, More Especially with Reference to Its Large Towns

On the Christian and Economic Polity of a Nation, More Especially with Reference to Its Large Towns

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...discontent, emanate from popular infidelity, ' and not from that which has been ignorautly and injuriously aspersed as popular fanaticism. When the whole truth becomes evident to them, it willthen be perceived, that by the latter of these two elements alone will the former ever be neutralised. _, It is not by a haughty defiance to the taste or the tendencies of the multitude; or by declamatory charges against sectarianism; or by a remote and lofty attitude of withdrawment, on the part of her superior ecclesiastics, from all those Christian institutions'which are at once the ornament and the blessing of our country; or by the strict and jealous guardianship of bishops, in alarm for the importation of an enthusiastic spirit into their dioceses: it is not thus that the-Church of England ever will acquire a religious and rightful ascendancy over its population. Under such a process her arm will wither into powerlessness; and an instrument, else of greater might and eflicacy than dissenterism, with the putting forth of all her energies, can ever hope to attain to-will lose its whole force of moral and salutary control over the character of the nation. The alienation of the people will widen every year from the bosom of the Establishment-and the Establishment, reft of all spiritual virtue, will at length be reduced to a splendid impotency of noble edifices, and high gifted endowments, and stately imposing ceremonial. We plead not for the overthrow of this magnificent framework; for, if animated with the breath iof another spirit, as it stands, we conceive it fitted 'to wield a far more commanding influence on the side of Christianity than were likely to come from _the ashes of its conflagration. But never will it recover this influence, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937724
  • 9781236937728