Gleanings Of Past Years, 1843-78 (volume 6); Ecclesiastical by William Ewart GladstoneGleanings Of Past Years, 1843-78 (volume 6); Ecclesiastical by William Ewart Gladstone

Gleanings Of Past Years, 1843-78 (volume 6); Ecclesiastical

byWilliam Ewart Gladstone

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... convictions, in whatever quarter, is not artificially impeded by legislative meddling; that however wary and patient we may be as to any question of moving forwards, above all we be careful not to move backwards, nor for one moment acquiesce in any kind of tampering with the existing liberty of conscience in the persons either of ourselves or of others. 12. But if, as I have thus far striven to show, the simple assertion of this freedom by law, positively or negatively, be not of itself, especially in a country having a national establishment of religion, enough for the reasonable security of conscience, the question arises, by what further and other means can it be defended? I answer, by the creation of a vigorous and watchful public opinion, both in the different religious communions and among the people at large, in its favour. Now this public opinion, so far as it is extrinsic to the religious bodies themselves, will thrive in proportion as it shall be seen, by the community at large, that the energies of these bodies are effectively exerted for the promotion of social peace, order, and morality. The next inquiry, then, must obviously be, how are they to make themselves conducive to these purposes in the highest attainable degree? My answer is, by the full and free development of their energies from within: that full and free development, which can only be realised through a regular constitutional organisation. 13. Nor let it be apprehended that this organisation, and this increase of spiritual vitality and strength, will be regarded with jealousy even by the most ardent among the rational and consistent lovers of civil freedom. This good, at least, our religious divisions have brought to us, along with their many evils, that, where they prevail so extensive...
Title:Gleanings Of Past Years, 1843-78 (volume 6); EcclesiasticalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217484468

ISBN - 13:9780217484466