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The Critical Review of Theological Philosophical Literature, Vol. 9

Excerpt from The Critical Review of Theological Philosophical Literature, Vol. 9 The motto of this extremely interesting volume of Essays appears to be the saying of Dr Johnson, quoted by the editor in his preface, "Shall the Presbyterian Kirk of Scotland have its General Assembly, and the Church of England be denied its Convocation?" The editor and his essayists are however aware that while no one denies that, in the last resort at least, the power to govern lies in the laity of what they are pleased to call the "Presbyterian Kirk," the popular idea is that when an Anglican speaks of the self-government of the Church he means the exclusive rule of the clergy. They see that this idea must be got rid of in fact as well as in name before the reforms they wish for can even be demanded. "It is quite certain," says Canon Gore, "that no English Parliament would grant self-government to the Church while the organ of this self-government is purely or almost purely the clergy." And he goes on to declare that the "necessary preliminary to our approaching Parliament with our great request," i.e., for some measure of self-government, "is to agree upon a scheme for giving constitutional representation and authority to the laity in parishes and dioceses." The volume contains fifteen Essays of various value and written with very varying degrees of Christian charity. The three most interesting to the general reader are those on "General Outlines of Church Reform," by the editor, Canon Gore; "The Position of the Laity in the Early Church," by the Rev. R. B. Backham; and "Self-Government of the Church," by the Hon. and Rev. Arthur Lyttleton. In next importance come the Essays on "Parochial Church Councils," by H. J. Torr, on "Legal and Parliamentary Possibilities," by the Hon. Mr Justice Phillimore, and on the "Reform of Patronage," by Clement Y. Sturge, Barrister-at-Law. All three, like those on "Pensions for the Clergy," by Dean Lefroy, and "The Increase of the Episcopate," by Wilfred S. de Winton, describe matters which need to be reformed in the Anglican Church. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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