Christian Socialism in the Church of England

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byArthur V. Woodworth

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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. 1902. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. The Christian Social Union. Democracy, says De Tocqueville, finds in religion the only check to its craving for material comforts. The passion for equality, common to all democratic communities, tends to satisfy itself first of all with u equality of outward conditions, and so that worship of material success comes, which is so fatal to higher spiritual development. It is a commonplace of history that the democratization of England, during the past century has gone on with ever increasing speed. Nor is the cause far to seek. The growth of industry has developed a new class of moneyed-aristocracy which has made itself felt by a vigorous dictation of important legislation for its own interest, and at the same time it has insisted on the social recognition of its material success. The colonies have helped the spread of English commodities. Finally the labouring classes have shared the general prosperity, and have flocked to the towns where, even within the past thirty years, Mr. Hobson tells us, the rise in wages has been nearly forty per cent. Under such circumstances it is no wonder that England has been severely threatened with the Mammon worship, against which Carlyle warned her half a century ago. If the measure of success is to be represented by "cash-nexus" a deep, true, spiritual development is impossible, and religion becomes a series of prohibitions whose highest ideal is summed up in the phrase "thou shalt not." Added to this is the fact which the Bishop of Worcester points out that, "the disastrous identification of Church and State," (76) has tended to give people the comfortable feeling that the civil and criminal law represents the full extent of their Christian duties. But Christ's religion is not negative. It is a positive, active...

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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. 1902. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. The Christian Social Union. Democracy, says De Tocqueville, finds in religion the only check to its craving for mat...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217188974

ISBN - 13:9780217188975

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