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The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII

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Author: Edmund Burke
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 134,071 / 395 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 616
Added to site: 2005.07.14
mnybks.net#: 10952
Genre: Biography
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lst they are teaching another. A church, in any legal sense, is only a certain system of religious doctrines and practices fixed and ascertained by some law,--by the difference of which laws different churches (as different commonwealths) are made in various parts of the world; and the establishment is a tax laid by the same sovereign authority for payment of those who so teach and so practise: for no legislature was ever so absurd as to tax its people to support men for teaching and acting as they please, but by some prescribed rule.

The hardship amounts to this,--that the people of England are not taxed two shillings in the pound to pay them for teaching, as divine truths, their own particular fancies. For the state has so taxed the people; and by way of relieving these gentlemen, it would be a cruel hardship on the people to be compelled to pay, from the sweat of their brow, the most heavy of all taxes to men, to condemn as heretical the doctrines which they repute to be orthodox, and to reprobate as su

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