established church

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es·tab·lished church

A church that a government officially recognizes and supports as a national institution.

Established Church

(Ecclesiastical Terms) a Church that is officially recognized as a national institution, esp the Church of England

estab′lished church′

a church that is recognized by law, and sometimes financially supported, as the official church of a nation.
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Noun1.established church - the church that is recognized as the official church of a nation
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"

Established Church

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THE incomprehensible submission of Scotchmen to the ecclesiastical tyranny of their Established Church has produced--not unnaturally, as I think--a very mistaken impression of the national character in the popular mind.
And it is again felony (by yet another law) for a Presbyterian minister and a Non-conformist minister to celebrate a marriage which may be lawfully celebrated by a clergyman of the Established Church.
Yes, the established Church is declining, as is Roman Catholicism and Methodism, but Islam and new Christian churches are not, they are growing, so religion is flourishing in some areas and communities.
Originally a Dissenter from an undistinguished family, he converted to the established Church, was ordained, and became a royal chaplain (1732), rector of St.
The leaders of the various faith communities are happywith the Church of England as the established church, a representative for people of faith in parliament.
In Massachusetts, a town could not consider itself to be incorporated unless it had an established church, which was often a Congregational church.
Christina Rees, a member of the Archbishops' Council, has warned: " The vast majority of the population identifies itself as Christian and as the established Church in England we would be negligent not to take an active concern in the changes happening with the BBC's religion and ethics department.
In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, a Twain character says it is his conviction that "any Established Church is an established crime, an established slave-pen.
The established church has a special role in the country.
The reference to Christianity ruled out the Jewish alderman - David Barnett - straightaway, while mention of the Established Church sidelined three Quakers and a Nonconformist.
The difference between the established church and the Dissenting congregations became rather like that between public and private schools in the United States.
I don't think we have a need for an established Church.