This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...holy faith; and, since there could be no faith without a creed, --and the only national creed was that of the Church of England, --the baby should be handed over to the care of a clergyman, and then be sent to a proper religious school. He need not say that he excluded Bugby under its then profane management. The Church was, however, divided against itself; for the Dean of Triston said he would give more latitude than his very reverend brother. You ought not to define in an infant mind a rigid outline of creed. In fact, he did not acknowledge any creed: he was not obliged to by law, and was disinclined to by his reason. He would rather allow the inner seeds of natural light--the glorious, all-pervading efflorescence of the Deity in all men's hearts--to grow within the young spirit. The dean was assuredly vague, and far less earnest than his brother cleric. The "Rev." Mr. Bumpus, Unitarian, met the suggestions of the archdeacon with the scorn they merited. It was impossible to apply to a representative child of an enlightened age theories so long exploded. The dean had certainly come nearer the truth with that broad sympathy for which he was noted. He himself proposed that the child should be made a model nursling of the liberalism of a new era. Old things were passing away: all things had become new. Creeds were the discarded banners of a mediaeval past, fit only to be hung up in the churches, and looked at as historic jnonuments; nevermore to be flaunted in the front of battle! The education of the day was that which taught a man the introspection whereby he recognized the divine within himself, --under any aspect, under any tuition, whether of Brahma, Confucius, or Christ. Truth was kaleidoscopic, and varied with the media...
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