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THE CHURCH IN POLITICS.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —The recent organisation of the Anglican Church as a political body should cause the thoughtful to ponder over tho possibilities of this.sudden and radical change, for it is rarely that a body like a religious organisation, which has tho respect of all as- of course, plunges deliberately into tho heated atmosphere of party politics. It may be considered that the end justifies the means, but I should think that the lesson of the money changers in tho Temple should not be lost sight of. The value of tho evangelistic properties of a church are priceless, and it is for this and other reasons that I consider it a shocking spectacle to see- a church clamoring over the ballot box. A few extremists in the church itself may be gratified by a hysterical crusade, but it is not so with the majority, and it is absolutely repellent to non-churchgoers. It is, moreover, inconceivable that in a time of great national stress, such as wo have at present, any section of the community should subordinate all other considerations to the question of the Bible in schools. Again, it is .always unsatisfactory to seek a pledge from candidates on such a question as this, ond offers a premium to the artful dodger ! Much tact has to be exercised in order to avoid anything lite the appearance of clerical domination. It is difficult to say why the feeling should be so marked, but it probably arises from several causes, which it would not be politic to enumerate.—l am, etc., Freedom. December 11.

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THE CHURCH IN POLITICS., Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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THE CHURCH IN POLITICS. Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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