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Excerpt from Christian Thought: Lectures and Papers on Philosophy, Christian Evidence, Biblical Elucidation
State, some think too close, in the reign of Constantine, and this has been continued in European countries down to the present day when, however, it is keenly contested whether the State should continue to offer an endowment to the Church and whether the Church should accept such an endowment if offered. In the early ages of the United States Republic there were endowments provided for the Church, or rather for some particular Church, say the Church of England, but for the past century and more the States have been freeing themselves from all such entanglements.
Still there are government acts which seem to imply, which I believe do really imply, an alliance between Church and State; as, for example, the prayers offered in the Senate and House of Representatives and in the opening of courts of justice; in the appointment of chaplains in the army and navy and in prisons; in the laws enacted for the preservation of the Sabbath, and above all, in the Bible being read in our national schools, and religion being taught in our State colleges. In these and in some other things there is an alliance between Church and State for good ends, which seem to me legitimate and highly commendable. Some, indeed, argue that these acts are all in the interest of civil law for the protection of life and property; but the people in enacting and practising them mean them to be religious as well. There are signs of a contest arising, in which it will be insisted that all that is religious in these acts, be handed over to the Churches; which will have difficulties, not impossibilities however, in providing teachers and Chaplains and in protecting the Sabbath.
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