Remarks on the Ecclesiastical Condition of the United Kingdom

Remarks on the Ecclesiastical Condition of the United Kingdom

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...to the due exercise of the powers, they are invested with by Heaven--.-to regulate her property for making it yield her the greatest amount of benefit---to give her such discipline and laws as her legitimate interests require--and to restrict her members, clerical and lay, from abuse and misconduct, in respect of both her and the State. Beyond this, they are bound to defend her in faith, discipline and possession, as a fundamental institution. At a time, when it is broadly asserted that because the Church is established, her property is the civil property of the people-the State; and that she only enjoys it as wages from the State, in return for teaching its religion; it is essential for every honest man to understand correctly its nature and tenure, in order to understand correctly her establishment. Now, what benefit does she reap from the latter? None. Formerly she had a monopoly, afterwards she had great peculiar privileges, but she has been brought down to the level of the chapel, and in some respects below it. She scarcely draws a shilling from the people, or the State; tithes are her own property, and she was robbed by the state of more than their amount; rates are levied principally to keep parish churches in repair, which are used for various national purposes by each parish at large, and by dissenters, as well as churchmen. She pays her ministers with her own property, and in so far as she cannot do so, they are supported by the voluntary contributions of their congregations. As to revenue, the State allows her, as it does the chapel, to enjoy her own; it gives no more to the one, than to the other. In so far as it teaches religion, it avowedly teaches every dissenting creed, as well as hers, without distinction. lt renders far more...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584678
  • 9781236584670