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This work , which is intended to supply the place of the Nouvel Annuaire Protestant , ( the publication of which has been suspended since the year 1821 , ) will be very acceptable to all who take an interest in the prosperity of the FrenchJProtestant Church . From his residence in the metropolis , and still more from having been for thirty years in correspondence with his brethren in the ministry , M . Soulier was well qualified for the task which he has undertaken - , and we can truly say , that he has executed it with a degree of care and accuracy which call for our warmest thanks . The information which he furnishes is full and circumstantial ; and if there be
any deficiencies , they are such as arise not from any want of diligence in the writer , but from the extreme difficulty of obtaining answers to inquiries addressed to a large body of men , scattered through an immense district of country , and many of them probably distinguished by no very regular habits of business . When France had had time to breathe after the troubles of her
Revolution , the Protestants were of course anxious to take advantage of the improved aspect of the times , in order to obtain the distinct sanction of the government for the celebration of their worship . They accordingly procured a law to be passed , ( bearing date April 8 , J 802 , ) which gave to their church a regular constitution , prescribed the manner in which their pastors
were to be chosen and approved , and made a provision " for their maintenance . i * In conformity with the provisions of this law , a number of
consistonal churches were shortly organized , and of these AX . aouher gives us a very detailed account , taking them in the alphabetical order of the departments in which they are situated . Under the head of each , he tells us , 1 st , when it was organized ; 2 dly , into how many sections it is divided , who are the actual pastors , and where they . reside ; 3 dly , what buildings are consecrated to public worship ; 4 thly , what are the services which are there
celebrated ; 5 thly , the charitable societies ; and , 6 thly , the schools . Under the 3 rd and 4 th heads , it appears that in some instances the buildings in which the services of the Reformed are held are old Catholic churches , which have been assigned them by the government—in others they are new ones , which have been built by the congregation , with assistance from the government or the commune , or from both—in others they are private housesand in others there is no church at all ,, but the service is performed in the
* Statistique des Eglises Reformers de France , suivie des lois , arre'te ' s , ordonnances , circulaires , et instructions , qui les concernent ; de 1 ' indication des
societes religieuses et des ecoles ; avec un tableau ge * ne * ral . Par A . Soulier , Ancieu Pasteur . Paris : H . Servier , 1828 . Pp . 284 . " Chacun professe sa religion avec une e " galfe liberty , et obtient pour son culte la inline protection . "—Charte Gonstitutionelle ? Art . 5 . ( A Statistical Account of Uhe Reformed Churches of France , followed by the Laws , Decrees , Ordinances , Circular * , and Instructions , relating to them ; and by an Enumeration of their Schools and Religious Societies . By A . Soulier , Retired Pastor . Paris : H . Servier , 1828 . Pp . 284 k
" Every one professes his religion with equal freedom , and obtains for his wor ship the same protection . "—Constitutional Chart , Art . 5 . t See this law given at length , pp . 183—190 .
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REFORMED CHURCHES IN FRANCE . *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1828, page 698, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2565/page/42/