South Australia - Religion"The Church in a New Land" is discussed in the Advertiser (special edition), 1 September 1936, page 82.
- Breaking the Sabbath
- Days of Prayer
- Methodists and Wesleyans
- Non-Church Goers
- Religion in Schools
- Salvation Army
"Why Men Don't Go to Church" is the subject of a letter in the Register,
12 August 1898, page 3g:
Look at some of the clergymen today as they walk abroad. They seem half-starved; and dressed from head to foot in black, are forbidding, cold and unapproachable sorts of mortals, too often avoided by children and passed in silence by men.
The views of non-churchgoers are aired in the Register,
31 January 1905, page 6f:
Men outside the church desired a higher standard of ethics than was at present found in the church. He deprecated the doctrine of eternal punishment as preached by many today.
He believed in evolution and so had his doubts about the Scripture story of the creation and could not reconcile the miracles with the scientific definition of the laws of nature. He considered the Ascension of Christ opposed to the laws of gravitation.
If the clergy were to preach what they honestly believed men would go to hear them.
The church did not do its duty to the temperance cause. The rich brewer's money was worshipped at the cost of the neglect of the poor.
(Also see Register, 7 February 1905, pages 3d-6h.)
People feel that ministers of religion as a rule know no more of God than we do, and many of them lean too much towards the rich and influential.
7 March 1905, page 6g; also see
5 April 1911, page 5c.)
"Why People Don't Go to Church" is in The News,
18 May 1934, page 6f.