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Nonconformist (Newspaper) - March 22, 1876, London, Middlesex AT fHB GENERAL POST OFFICK AS A THE THE DISSIDENCE OF DISSENT AND THE PROTESTANTISM OF TH6 PROTESTANT LONDON MAEOH BcOLHSIASTiCAL Gladstone on Dis establishment 278 Fresh Burial Scandals 273 Ecclesiastical Notes 274 The Disestablishment S75 Lord Salisburys Oxford 876 277 Halifax Vicars 278 The Clifton Sacrament 278 The Vatican Bishops in Germany Religious and Denomina tional News 278 CORRESPONDENCE Broad Church Faith fulness to Solemn Pledges 279 Church and Nonconfor mist Places of Wor ship 279 Board School 279 Suppression of the Opium Trade 280 The Nestorians and the Divisions of Chris tendom Sketches from the Gallery 880 Parliamentary 281 Home for Little Boys 282 The Education Acts Foreign Epitome of 283 LiADiitd ARTIOLM Summary The Royal Titles 285 The Government and the LlTERATDBl The Cities of Diseases of Modern Life 287 The Late 288 Brief Notices Miscellaneous Gleanings and 290 Advertisements GLADSTONE ON DISESTABLISH THE reply of Gladstone to the letter of One from the re questing him to present certain petitions to the House of Commons for the disestablishment of the Church of and inviting him to take part in a grand annual demonstration of the Somerset agricultural labourers next Whit Monday in the old Roman Amphtheatre on Ham is both interesting and sug It lets the world know something of the present whereabouta of the right gentleman in reference to the great question of the proximate as might have been declines Mitchells invitation to be present or take part in the projected He makes no objection to present such of the petitions as do no more than pray for the disestablishment of the or set forth reasons for it in terms not involving though he cannot promise concurrence in their He goes on to In my opinion the Establishment of England not of Scotland represents the re ligion of a considerable majority of the and they do not seem to desire the change you This beiug the only question I need now ask myself is whether the civil en dowment and status of the Church are un favourable to the effective maintenance and propagation of the Christian faith If and when I am convinced that they are I shall adopt your but not With the most unfeigned we may even profound respect for for his his his scrupulous con and the Christian catholicity of his we propose to look at the two reasons he has assigned for resisting the policy we are and have striven for years to Before we do we may conveniently glance at what we may describe as the byplay of the in his letter to the had said We and these poor men who are our enemies and though there are individual clergymen who are humane and kindhearted yet I can assure through an intimate acquaintance with a large number of rural that many of the clergy Of the Established Church are tyrants of the worst and This could not continue if the Churol were dis there were no royal road to the then men would have to preach to and would have to conciliate their pari shioners and not be their is harsh and spite of the exception is made rather gratuitously The pith of put in the mildest pos sible may be taken as asserting that the agricultural labourers of Somerset look upon the clergy of their respective as a as being oppressive in their more intent upon promoting priestly influence Jban social and swayed by a regard for ecclesias tical and Ritualistic innovations than by tender care for the weakly and down trodden of their Gladstone objects to this somewhat coarse of the He admits that there isljlenty of room for attributing to individuals among them exceptional faults and foolish language which in certain oases no language can strong enough adequately to Nor do I says that more generally the clergy may exhibit some desire fori But he thinks it his duty show them reasonable respect and and to abstain from anything that re sembles railing and to esteem them highly for their works and their Masters In we like Glad stones reply better than Mitchells accusa But we are bound to remember that the former is in a and we might in a temper of to be attracted and to the bright side of the shield rather than the If he were to put himself into the position of an agricultural and look at the clergy through the medium of his own depressed circumstances and disap pointed he would probably realise a more vivid sense of what comes but of clerical ambition than it is possible for him to do as the and possibly the future dispenser of much of the patronage of the We are far from blaming him that his sympathies do not go along with the agricultural labourers in regard to the rude as may be the language in which the labourers describe their we are fully cannot but discern underneath their violent there must be some substantial ground upon which they The right gentleman declares his belief that the Church Establishment in England represents the religion of a considerable majority of the and that they do not seem to desire the change we we may be permitted to is a statesmans Within its own sphere it no It if we may be permitted to amplify its that the Church Establioh ment is an institution on account of its its its intimate combination with the social customs of and its hold upon the preferences of a majority of the people of influence in the cannot be sot aside without a large it may a mischievous disturbance of things ns they It is one thing to withhold assent from the initiation of an objectionable policy it is another thing to uproot the same policy when it has been consecrated by centuries of use and we all admit havp asserted again and again that they would depre cate disestablishment until it comes to express the honest convictions of the They do not think that cutting the kutt would be a wise and profitable way of settling the ques They would much profer to exercise tho patience required to untie mean they deem it their duty to exert them selves to the utmost in aa attempt to alter the conclusions of the The states mans objections may be reasonable and sound to the as such but they have respect far more to time and place and than to the essential elements What one should do is a very different question from how it should be The last is the states mans question the first is that of the man to whom truth and justice are of paramount is too genuine a in all moral to evade what may be called the spiritual element of the He asks himself whether the endowment and status of the Church are unfavourable to the effective maintenance and propagation of Christian He implies that in his opinion they are and he admits that when he is convinced they his sympathies and will would pass over to the side of We respect the man who gives us this but we can not admit the validity of so far as relates to the subject to which it is Christianity is a system which will hardly admit of being moulded by human sagacity in exact conformity with visible It is difficult to measure at any time the spiritual influences which this or that form of it may be bringing to bear upon human When its external circum stances are most humiliating it may be doing its greatest When they are most in esteem in the eyes of the it may be nourishing the seeds of What will best propagate Christian faith can from merely outward It is not a question of It is not like secular expedients for secular It is a question of spiritual and can only be judged of by spiritual we make bold to say that the method of propagating the Christian faith by associating the which is intended to express with civil endowments and which can alone constitute it an is sanctioned neither by Scriptural authority nor by the germs of the Christian nor by human so far as spiritual results are In there is no legitimate standard for determining what or will promote it but the expressed directions of its Divine Abiding by wo may have confidence trusting to the devices of mans wis we can have Upon the principle which underlies the late Premiers judgment in this we should be glad to hoar a fuller statement of his FRESH BURIAL IT has pleased a Conservative Parliament in the exercise of its wisdom to reject by an in creased majority the principle of Osborne Morgans Burials If wo regret this deci it is certainly not as tho advocates of dis establishment that we do Were it not for the aggravations of human sorrow so cruelly accumulated on the bereaved in the hour of their wo might well rejoice at the addi
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