Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism Examined

Hardcover | August 28, 2011

EditorJames E. Crimmins, Catherine Fuller, Philip Schofield

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Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism Examined, printed in 1817 and published in 1818, was part of Bentham's sustained attack on English political, legal, and ecclesiastical establishments. Bentham argues that the purpose of the Church's system of education, in particular the schoolssponsored by the Church-dominated National Society for the Education of the Poor, was to instil habits of insincerity into the population at large, and thereby protect the abuses which were profitable both to the clergy and the ruling classes in general. Bentham recommends the 'euthanasia' of theChurch, and argues that government sponsored proposals were in fact intended to propagate the system of abuse rather than reform it. An appendix based on original manuscripts, which deals with the relationship between Church and state, is published here for the first time. This authoritative version of the text is accompanied by an editorial introduction, comprehensive annotation, collations of several extracts published duringBentham's lifetime, and subject and name indexes.

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Church-of-Englandism and its Catechism Examined, printed in 1817 and published in 1818, was part of Bentham's sustained attack on English political, legal, and ecclesiastical establishments. Bentham argues that the purpose of the Church's system of education, in particular the schoolssponsored by the Church-dominated National Society f...

James E. Crimmins is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at Huron University College, and an Adjunct Research Professor in Political Science at The University of Western Ontario. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Wales, where he was born and raised, and his PhD in Political Theory from The University of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.72 inPublished:August 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: The Catechism-a bad Substitute to the Bible-is substituted to it1. Church of England Catechism-this perhaps the First Censorial Commentary ever applied to it2. On Religion in a Christian Free-School, the Bible the only fit Lesson-Book3. No substitute to the Bible should be there taught-the Catechism is made a Substitute to it4. Badness of this Substitute in every respect: I. As to Faithfulness-No Tests of it5. II. Badness in respect of Matter6. III. Badness in respect of Form7. Of the Badness of this Formulary, in respect of Matter, the Framers of it were conscious8. Of the Badness of this Formulary, in respect of Faithfulness, Matter, and Form, the Imposers of it on the Schools are conscious9. The Religion thus taught by the Rulers of the Church of England, is not the Religion of JesusPart II: Exclusionary system of Instruction-its Establishment-its bad TendenciesPart III: Exclusionary System-Grounds for the Hope that the Approbation of it is not generalPart IV: National Society-Grounds for regarding the Exclusionary Acts as Spurious, and its Reports as Purposely deceptious1. Cause and Ground of Suspicion as to Authenticity2. Marks of Authenticity, proper and usual, in Reports of Proceedings of Public Bodies3. Positions and Plan of Proof-Ends pursued by the Institution-Means employed4. I. Proofs of the System of Exclusion5. II. Proofs of the System of Imposition. General Committee-Meetings none6. Proofs of the System of Imposition continued-II. Sub-Committees and their Meetings, none7. Proofs of the System of Imposition continued-III. Acts spurious8. Securities against Spuriousness-Cause of the Omission of them, Necessity and Design-not Inadvertence9. [III.]-Authors, acting and consenting, of the combined Systems of Exclusion and Imposition10. Authors, andc. continued-Dr. Manners Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury11. How to organize a Chaos-Forms of Disorder exemplified in these Reports12. General Committee-Fraud involved in the Title thus given to the Managing BodyPart V: Baptism and Sponsorship proper, when instituted-Baptism useless, Sponsorship improper nowAppendix No IRemarks on the Object of the Church of England Religion, as avowed by the Bishop of LondonAppendix No IILORD'S SUPPER-not designed by Jesus for general Imitation-its utter Unfitness for that PurposeAppendix No IIIRemedies to the [Mischiefs of the] Exclusionary System as applied to InstructionAppendix No IVRemedy to all Religious and much Political Mischief-Euthanasia of the Church1. Plan of this Paper2. Euthanasia, in Contradistinction to Cacothanasia, what?-Uti possidetis Principle-its Application to this Case3. I. Service4. II. Pay5. Pay continued-Merit, whether producible by Sinecures6. III. Discipline7. State of Discipline, as exhibited by Authority, and elucidated by a Diocesan Secretary8. Ulterior Information from Mr. Wright9. Vices of Excellent Church recapitulated10. Facienda in the way of ReformAppendix No VRecent Measures of pretended Reform or Improvement-their Inutility and MischievousnessIntroduction1. I. Giving Increase to the Number of Non-Resident Incumbents2. II. Increasing the Number of Resident Curates. III. To that End, out of the Pockets of Incumbents and Patrons, taking Money, and forcing it into the Pockets of Curates3. IV. For Increasing the Value of English Livings, exacting from the Population of the Three Kingdoms the Annual Sum of 100,000l.4. V. Regulating the [occupations] of Agriculture, in the case of a Parish or other Priest5. VI. Over Incumbents and Curates, lodging despotic power in the hands of Bishops6. VII. Announced, and remaining to be executed. From Christians, and others of all persuasions, money to be exacted, sufficient to render the number of Church-of-England Churches commensurate to the whole population