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"A 'church'" is a "universalistic establishment for the salvation of the masses [that] raises the claim, like the 'state,' that everyone, at least each child of a member, must belong by birth. It demands sacramental acts and, possibly, proof of acquaintance with its holy learning as a precondition of its membership rights, but establishes as a duty the observance of the sacraments and the discharge of those obligations which are a condition of active membership rights. The consequence of this is that when the church reaches its full development and has power, it coerces opponents to conform...."[1]


  1. Weber. The Religion of India. Toronto: Collier-Macmillan Canada, 1958. p. 6