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Excerpt from The Bible in Europe: An Inquiry Into the Contribution of the Christian Religion to Civilisation
Recent discussions of our educational system have directed attention once more to an historical question of some interest: How far has the religion of Europe been a creative force in the making of its distinctive Civilisation? Ever since the Churches entered upon the apologetic phase of their life, they have laid peculiar stress on their past service to Europe, and sought to ground thereon a Claim to continued recognition and power. To the majority of people the appeal was effec tive enough. The co-extension of our Western religion with our Western civilisation, and the permeation of most of our institutions with theological ideas and ecclesiastical traditions, constituted a solid fact that made a minute examination superﬂuous. When, in addition, a number of obviously sceptical writers urged that the mainte nance of religion is essential to the maintenance of our civilisation; when scholars like Mr. Birrell and Mr. Bryce solemnly repeated that the Bible is the source of England's greatness men and women of little historical culture felt that they might continue to lend a sympathetic ear to the solicitations of the clergy.
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