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Report No. 22

8. Clause 2(a)-"Christian".-

Clause 2(a) of the Bill defines a Christian as a person professing the Christian religion. It has now been suggested that a Christian may be defined as "one who is baptised and is a follower of Church", or as "a member of a recognised Church" or as a "person who is an official member of any Christian Church in accordance with the rules and regulations governing a particular Church". These are merely repetitions of the suggestions made before, which have been carefully considered in the previous Report.1 Religion is primarily a matter of faith and belief, and it is not desirable to cut down its connotation by reference to organisational and ceremonial prescriptions. There is, therefore, no reason for modifying the definition given in the Bill.

1. See the 15th Report, Notes to clause 2-"Christian".

Christian Marriage and Matrimonial Clauses Bill, 1961 Back

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