Church, a definition

In the book The Ecclesiastical Law of the Church of England, we find this definition of the Church:


The Church is a society of men instituted for the worship of God, bound together by the profession of a common faith, the practice of divinely ordained rites, and resting upon a visible external order.

Christianity is inseparable from a community, in which it imparts its truths by regular course of instruction, and endeavors to secure the observance of its precepts by a moral and religious education; and being a revelation of the will of God is necessarily independent of municipal institution, and unconfined by the limits of places or kingdoms.

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