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More Mansfield fallout

03 April 2020

April 1st, 1920.

THE members of the Mansfield College Conference [100 Years Ago, 20 March], released from the spell of their environment, are once more at variance. Dr Scott Lidgett has laid down four conditions preliminary to reunion which require not only recognition of a common churchmanship and disestablishment but would seem also to repudiate episcopal government. Dr Jowett, fresh from his recent exploit at Durham [100 Years Ago, 21 February], is to exchange pulpits with the new pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Well may the British Weekly, with these things in mind, cry that Dr Temple’s declaration in our columns “adjourns the date of reunion to the Greek kalends”. The “manifesto”, if it has done nothing else, has shown the futility of such conferences, and we are glad to see that our contemporary sees in them much the same danger that we ourselves observed before the Mansfield resolutions were available. “We earnestly and respectfully remonstrate”, says the British Weekly, “against the continuance of these conferences.” The Mansfield resolutions have done a great deal of mischief, and that without any real step towards reunion having been accomplished. It is a case of as you were, only with feelings exacerbated all round.


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