Christian Education   1 comment

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Above:  Moravian Sunday School, Lititz, Pennsylvania, November 1942

Photographer = Marjory Collins (1912-1985)

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001014337/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-011768-D

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather wrote:

 The religious element is the best part of an education.  It is the only part that one can’t forego.

That is an overly broad statement.  I am sure, for example, that arithmetic, reading, and writing are parts of education that one can’t forego.

I come from a different time, one with a stricter separation of church and state–a standard with which I am quite comfortable.  One ought not ask the state to do what parents, guardians, and churches ought to do–and can do more effectively.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Deut. 11, 18-20

1.  It is a debt parents owe their children, to provide for the development of their faculties.  This calls for education in general, and religious instruction in particular, as our Lord commands.

2.  The true end of education cannot be reached without making the moral and religious faculties prominent and that their development.  Mere intellectual training is at best Sampson shorn of his locks.  The religious element is the best part of an education.  It is the only part that one can’t forego.

3.  Such training is not possible save in schools under the care of Christian men.  There must be a religious atmosphere.  Religion must not be apologized for nor kept in the background, but emphasized.

4.  Does religion dwarf everyone, make him narrow?  How is it that Christ is become a curse anywhere?  The Bible idea is that due recognition of him anywhere is a distinct blessing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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