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AUTHOR OF THE ENGLISHMAN'S BRIEF ON BEHALF OF HIS NATIONAL CHURCH,"

ETC., ETC.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE TRACT COMMITTEE.

LONDON:

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE,
NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE, CHARING CROSS, W.C.;
43, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, E.C.;

26, ST. GEORGE'S PLACE, HYDE PARK CORNER, S.W.
BRIGHTON: 135, NORTH STREET.

NEW YORK: E. & J. B. YOUNG AND CO.

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PREFACE.

TITLE OF BOOK. -In giving this book the title of "The Case for 'Establishment,'" the author desires to explain, with reference to the word "Establishment," that he does not accept that term as accurately descriptive of any formal Act by which the State established the Church, or gave her status or prestige; nor does he accept the word as legally descriptive of any specific statutable basis of the existing relations between Church and State. He simply takes the term "Establishment" as a word in current use which is popularly but loosely and inadequately employed to represent the union between Church and State; and in dealing with it, while protesting against its historical inaccuracy, for the purposes of discussion he falls in with its popular use.

In calling this book "The Case for Establishment,” the author desires it to be understood that he does not, by the use of that phrase, wish to convey the idea that he pretends. to have presented the whole case for Establishment, or that he assumes to be able to do so; indeed, so widely comprehensive and far-reaching are the facts and arguments which go to make up the case for Establishment, and which might justly be alleged in its support, that he regards it as almost. an impossibility for one person exhaustively to state them;

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