Successive wars against the Catholic Bourbon powers of Europe and the British colonists of North America cracked intra-Protestant fissures wide open, catalyzed the rehabilitation of Catholicism in England, enabled the dramatic growth of Protestant nonconformity, and corroded the theoretical and legal ties which bound together the established church
and state (286).
Concentration of power in a political machine is bad," the book observes, "and an Established Church
is only a political machine; it was invented for that; it is nursed, cradled, preserved for that; it is an enemy to human liberty, and does no good which it could not better do in a split-up and scattered condition.
Joseph Sturge declared in all honesty (and with some heat) that he loathed the Established Church
and could hardly campaign for its overthrow in his private life, but swear fealty to it as a councillor.
Dissent from the established church
was not chiefly doctrinal.
Many states, from conservative Virginia to happy-go-lucky Nevada, already insist you be affiliated with a "regularly established church
or congregation" to be qualified to OK a marriage contract.
They all faced the strength and structure of the established church
, and some of them met a violent death.
A judge ruled that ministers who do not have a "regularly established church
or congregation" cannot perform marriages under state law.
As Arminianism triumphed under Charles I, it rekindled Puritan opposition to the established church
Hence, those who choose to dissent from established Church
teaching and who are committed to sowing the seeds of dissent, such as teachers and professors employed by a Catholic educational institution, are anything but peacemakers.
And yet, Dorothy, a Bible-reader and a favorite of radical preachers roaming the countryside, read the Bible; something in her readings made her think that she had the right to worship as she felt called by God and that she could defy the established church
and the state to attain that right legally.
I would like to comment, though, about his statement that the Great Awakening "seeded" the "revolutionary idea" of religious opposition to an established church
and royal tyranny.
In Training, this hostility is focused in the form of a charge that the Established Church
has become a form of blasphemy.
This is a well presented and particularly interesting history of a very early established church
in the Hunter Valley.
She cites its use in religious discourse and how the method was employed to shore up the established Church
Before the 17th century, the notion that political authority and social order could exist without an established church