The Bible, the Rod, and Religion, in Common Schools. The Ark of God on a New Cart: a Sermon: Rev. M. Hale Smith. A Review of the Sermon, by Wm. B. Fowle ... Strictures on Sectarian Character of the Common School Journal, by a Member of the Mass. Board of Education

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Matthew Hale Smith
Redding & Company, 1847 - Education - 59 pages
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Page 57 - Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto him.
Page 40 - All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Page 40 - Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me ; for he wrote of me.
Page 44 - Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child ; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Page 19 - An effort has been made, and that too with some success, to do three things with our common schools: (1) To get out of them the Bible and all religious instruction; (2) to abolish the use of the rod and all correction but a little talk; (3) to make common schools a counterpoise to religious instruction at home and in Sabbath schools.
Page 20 - ... disseminate through the land crude and destructive principles, principles believed to be at war with the Bible and with the best interests of the young for time and eternity. 2. By a library which excludes books as sectarian that inculcate truths, which nine-tenths of professed Christians of all names believe, while it accepts others that inculcate the most deadly heresy — even universal salvation.
Page 55 - The people of each district have the right to make their schools as religious as they please ; and if they cannot agree, they have the right severally of drawing their proper proportion of the public stock. The conviction, we are persuaded, is fast taking possession of the minds of good people that the common school system is rapidly assuming not a mere negative, but a positively anti-christian character ; and that in self-defence, and in the discharge of their highest duty to God and their country,...
Page 18 - ... religious instruction. 2. To abolish the use of the rod, and all correction, but a little talk. 3. To make common schools a counterpoise to religious instruction at home and in Sabbath schools. The Board of Education in Massachusetts has aided in this work in two ways. 1. By allowing an individual, under the sanction of its authority, to disseminate through the land crude and destructive principles...
Page 35 - ... to the extremest verge to which it can be carried without invading those rights of conscience which are established by the laws of God, and guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the State.
Page 26 - On the contrary, it has always upheld and defended the use of the rod, when other measures of restraint had been tried and failed. They go cordially, and, as I believe, unanimously, against those enormous abuses of the rod, which have been perpetrated by incompetence and bad passions. But on all occasions, they have upheld the doctrine of authority and good order in school, and so much of punishment, as, with other and higher influences, might be necessary to maintain them.

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