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Contrasting Reformed & Liturgical Worship: The "Tabernacle" and the "Abbey"

Spurgeon's tabernacle, on "London Road," south of the Thames and Westminster Abbey, may fairly stand as the representative of "Anglicanism" and "Dissent" in England. Around the former more Protestant influences are centered than around any other non-established place of worship. The latter is the Mecca of English Episcopacy; more even than St. Paul's, the virtual cathedral of the metropolitan diocese, because in the heart of the inhabited city, and beside the "Palace of Parliament," or, as we should call them, the "capitol buildings" of the Empire. Westminster is, moreover, a fair type of Anglicanism, because its "Moderate" and "Broad Church" Dean Dr. Stanley, keeps out the excesses of ritualism, and directs his worship along those medium lines acceptable to the average churchman. It is proposed to let the experiences of an attentive observer on the same Sabbath, as he passed from the one to the other sanctuary, tell their story plainly and simply, touching the two types of Christianity.