Adam Smith quote about lottery from The Wealth of Nations - In England, and in all Roman catholic countries, the lottery of the church is in reality much more advantageous than is necessary.
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In England, and in all Roman catholic countries, the lottery of the church is in reality much more advantageous than is necessary.
 Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776). copy citation

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Author Adam Smith
Source The Wealth of Nations
Topic lottery church catholicism
Date 1776
Language English
Reference An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
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“The great benefices and other ecclesiastical dignities support the honour of the church, notwithstanding the mean circumstances of some of its inferior members. The respect paid to the profession, too, makes some compensation even to them for the meanness of their pecuniary recompence. In England, and in all Roman catholic countries, the lottery of the church is in reality much more advantageous than is necessary. The example of the churches of Scotland, of Geneva, and of several other protestant churches, may satisfy us, that in so creditable a profession, in which education is so easily procured, the hopes of much more moderate benefices will draw a sufficient number of learned, decent, and respectable men into holy orders.” source

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