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The corruption of the church

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Pages: 48

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Alfred Williams Momerie

Excerpt from book: "They have crucified the Son of God afresh and put him to an open shame." Conclusion. One word more and I have done. It is a law or nature that adaptation to environment is life, that want of adaptation is death. This is true of physical organisms, and it is also true of social institutions. It is an eternal and universal law. Institutions can only continue to exist by adapting themselves to their surroundings. Now the Church, as we have seen, is quite out of harmony with modern civilisation. Both morally and intellectually it is centuries behind the age. The most highly educated people have discarded the fundamental doctrines of orthodoxy. Even the average man is beginning to look upon those doctrines with suspicion and contempt. They are opposed to the best instincts of the race, instincts which are becoming every day more authoritative. The Church is bound, therefore, to be either reformed or destroyed. If it is not reformed from within, it will be destroyed from without. And by reform I do not mean any patching up of the Articles, any tinkering of the Creeds. It must be a thorough, radical, absolute reform. The Church must get rid altogether of what it now regards as fundamental. It must begin again from the beginning. It must take a fresh start from Christ. The last two thousand years of ecclesiastical nightmare must be as though they had never been. The Church must be born again. I know people will say it is absurd to suppose that the Church is in danger, when nobody or scarcely anybody has seen it except myself. But no matter who sees it, no matter though it had not been seen at all, the danger is there : for want of adaptation is death. I know people will say it is great presumption on the part of one of the inferior clergy to declare there is danger, when his ecc...  

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