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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62


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Religion is not trammelled in New Zealand by the State endowment and establishment of any one church. All Protestant denominations co-operate with harmony in their work of providing for the spiritual and moral wants of the nation and the support of their poor. The bishops of the Episcopal Church of New Zealand, founded by that great and good man, Bishop Selwyn, are real working clergymen, and some of them are liberal enough to invite Nonconformists to preach in their churches. I need not trouble you with details of the census of religions, taken in 1886, further than to state that four-fifths, in round numbers, of the population were Protestants, and of these one-half were Episcopalians, one-fourth Presbyterians, and one-tenth Methodists.