Recent Measures for the Promotion of Education in England [By J.P. Kay-Shuttleworth]

Recent Measures for the Promotion of Education in England [By J.P. Kay-Shuttleworth]

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... We do not, however, advocate that form of religious instruction which merely loads the memory, without developing the understanding, or which fails to stir the sympathies of our nature to their inmost springs. There is a form of instruction in religion which leaves the recipient at the mercy of any religious or political fanatic, who may dare to use the sacred pages as texts in support of imposture. We have seen that even a maniac may lead the people to worship him as the Messiah, whose second coming, spoken of in the pages of Holy Writ, was fulfilled. Many of the Chartists proclaim themselves Missionaries of Christianity. They know how to rouse the superstition of an ignorant population in favour of their doctrines, by employing passages of Scripture, the true meaning of which the uninstructed mass do not reach. They continually set before them those verses which speak of the rich man as an oppressor--which shew with how much difficulty the rich shall enter the kingdom of heaven. Poverty is the Lazarus, whom they place in Abraham's bosom--wealth the Dives, whom they doom to hell. They find passages in the writings of the Apostles speaking of a community of goods among the early Christians; on this they found the doctrines of the Socialists. Our Saviour, in the synagogue of Nazareth, opened the Scripture at the prophecy in which Isaiah describes His divine mission: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, &c." From these and similar passages, they gather the sanctions of their own mission. Christianity, in their hands, becomes the most frantic demo cracy, and democracy is clothed with the sanctions of religion. Even the arming of the Chartist association is derived...
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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236756509
  • 9781236756503