*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***
Important information: We are currently experiencing technical issues with the webiste and it is currently running with reduced functionality, some category pages may not contain a full list of articles and the search is not currently working. We apologise for the inconvenience and should have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Broad Church preferment

by
04 September 2015

September 3rd, 1915.

IN THE field of theology no less than in the cities and villages of invaded countries the German method of “frightfulness” has spread havoc. It is as much the purpose of Kultur to reduce the Almighty Son of God to the level of an ordinary man as it is to destroy the temples where He was wont to be worshipped. We have cherished the belief that one outcome of the war would be the relief of English religion from the malign influence of German destructive teachers. There is, however, on the part of Broad Churchmen, who claim to be the propagandists of modern Liberalism in the Church and the leaders in the cause of progress, an effort being made to induce the Prime Minister to recommend to the King for appointment to the See of Newcastle, the Deanery of Ripon and the Mastership of the Temple certain prominent members of that party with which, we are assured, “the ordinary layman is more and more coming to feel that the future lies”. One letter-writer suggests to Mr Asquith that Canon Glazebrook, Dr Morrison and the Rev. W. A. Edwards would adorn the positions now vacant. It is complained that “many clergymen of the Broad School pay a heavy price for their devotion to the cause of progress. They must still be prepared to endure, in the words of the Bishop of Hereford, a polite but lifelong boycott.” These words come oddly from the Bishop of Hereford, whose merits have certainly not gone without recognition. . . We hope that the interest of the Church and of religion rather than the interest of a narrow clique will be the Prime Minister’s sole consideration.

 

The Church Times digital archive is available free to postal subscribers.

Latest Cartoon

Forthcoming Events

29 September 2020
Festival of Preaching
A one-day online version of our popular preaching festival. With Mark Oakley, Sam Wells and Anna Carter Florence.   Book tickets

 

19 October 2020
Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar
In association with RSCM, this online event will explore creative uses music and liturgy in the context online and socially distanced worship.    Book tickets

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)