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Secular UtilitarianismSocial Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham$
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James E. Crimmins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.001.0001

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Anticlericalism and Disestablishment

Anticlericalism and Disestablishment

(p.182) 6 Anticlericalism and Disestablishment
Secular Utilitarianism

James E. Crimmins

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When the term ‘anticlerical’ is employed what is usually meant is that the person expressing such views is an opponent of the clergy of the established religion in a state, a critic of Churchmen who wield the power of their Church as a social sanction, holding out threats or promises of rewards over and above those which pertain to the spiritual nature of their faith as inducements to compliance with doctrines and practices. In so far as any preacher or priest employs such methods the anticleric will condemn him. In these terms, this chapter show that Bentham was certainly anticlerical, and was so from a very early stage of his life.

Keywords:   compliance, clergy, anticlerical, social sanction

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