National Education, the Question of Questions: Being an Apology for the Bible in Schools for the Nation : with Remarks on Centralization and the Voluntary Societies, and Brief Notes on Lord Brougham's Bill

Thomas Ward and Company, 1838 - 48 Seiten
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Seite 32 - Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation/ depend all human laws ; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these. There are, it is true, a great number of indifferent points £in which both the divine law and the natural leave a man at his own liberty, but which are found necessary, for the benefit of society, to be restrained within certain limits.
Seite 39 - I ask, then, is it our object to respect the religion of the people, or to destroy it ? If we mean to set about destroying it, then, I allow, we ought by no means to have it taught in the people's schools. But if the object we propose to ourselves is totally different, we must teach our children that religion which civilized our fathers ; that religion whose liberal spirit prepared, and can alone sustain, all the great institutions of modern times.
Seite 42 - ... of its faculties to thought; attaining a perception, combined of intelligence and moral sensibility, to which numerous things are becoming discernible and affecting, that were as non-existent before. It is not in the very extreme strength of their import that we employ such terms of description; the malice of irreligion may easily...
Seite 32 - Providence ; which, in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and blindness of human reason, hathbeen pleased at sundry times and in divers manners to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed, or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures.
Seite 31 - The Court never intended to interfere with any religious creeds or sects, or with religious discussions. They meant to preserve, so far as it came within their cognizance, the morals of the country, Which rested on Christianity as the foundation. They meant to apply the principles of common law against blasphemy, which they did not believe the Constitution ever meant to abolish. Are we not a Christian people ? Do not ninety-nine hnndredlhs of our fellow-citizens hold the general truths of the Bible...
Seite 32 - THIS has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine providence; which, in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased, at sundry times and in divers manners, to discover and enforce it's laws by an immediate and direct revelation.
Seite 42 - ... this that you call Divine Grace, whatever it may really be, is the strangest awakener of faculties after all/ And to a devout man, it is a spectacle of most enchanting beauty, thus to see the immortal plant, which has been under a malignant blast while sixty or seventy years have passed over it, coming out at length in the bloom of life.
Seite 17 - A public fund for the instruction of youth in common Schools, is of no comparative worth, as a means of relieving want. A higher value would consist in its being made an instrument for exciting general exertion for the attainment of that important end. In proportion as it excites and fosters a salutary zeal, it is a public blessing. It may have, on any other principle of application, a contrary tendency and become worse than useless. It may be justly questioned whether the School fund has been of...
Seite 16 - Experience in other states," he observes, " has proved what has been abundantly confirmed by our own, that too large a sum of public money distributed among the common schools has no salutary effect. Beyond a certain point, the voluntary contributions of the inhabitants decline in amount with almost uniform regularity as the contributions from a public fund increase.
Seite 32 - ... state ; since we find that, until they were revealed, they were hid from the wisdom of ages. As then the moral precepts of this law are indeed of the same original with those of the law of nature, so their intrinsic obligation is of equal strength and perpetuity.

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