from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Reliance on voluntary contributions rather than government funds, as for churches or schools; voluntarism.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Voluntary principle or action; the system or principle of supporting anything by voluntary contribution or assistance; especially, the principle of unrestricted personal liberty in matters of religion—this involving on the one hand the obligation of church-members to support and maintain religious ordinances, and on the other the church's entire freedom from state patronage, support, and control.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Eccl.) The principle of supporting a religious system and its institutions by voluntary association and effort, rather than by the aid or patronage of the state.
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My kind of anarchy is based on the implicit evil and violence of government, promoting voluntaryism as an alternate means of order.
I keep coming back to the origin of the root of “Satanic” — “the adversary,” and roll that around in my mind trying to connect voluntaryism and tribulationism.
These women are very glad to come in at their own expense and do this work as an act of voluntaryism.
No British Government could stamp out voluntaryism even if it wished to do so; and none has yet manifested any such desire.
Men may appreciate the justice of voluntaryism in religion, and yet have rather cloudy conceptions with respect to the influence of opinions and things ecclesiastical on the condition of nations.
The empire died from anaemic voluntaryism and it is to be the same fate that the advocates of a voluntary Britannic Alliance would lead the British Empire.
Internally the church was torn by doctrinal controversies, resulting in the condemnation and expulsion of some ministers of distinction and repute, while in open opposition were the nonconforming bodies which had, at least temporarily, coalesced under the title of the United Seceders, preached uncompromising voluntaryism, and denounced all state connection with churches, and state endowments of religion, as intrinsically unscriptural and impious.
He promulgated edicts, but they were never rigidly enforced; a certain voluntaryism was allowed as to the carrying out of them: if one of them was found unsuccessful, or not to command popular approval, another could be -- and was -- issued to modify or change it.
Mr. Britling was a flame of exalted voluntaryism, of patriotic devotion, that day.
These duties, if one is to gather them from the works of the great liberal party in the last thirty years, are, as I have elsewhere summed them up, the advocacy of free-trade, of parliamentary reform, of abolition of church-rates, of voluntaryism in religion and education, of non - interference of the State between employers and employed, and of marriage with one's deceased wife's sister.