Excerpt from Scriptural Examinations on the Church Catechism: Designed as a Plain Manual of Divinity for Sunday Schools, Catechetical and Bible Classes, and General Use
At present this is a work which many, either discouraged by disuse and the despicable notions which are apt to be enter tained of it, or deterred by its difficulty, are extremely shy of undertaking. Some have not the desire, some not the resolu tion, to set about it: and most content themselves with causmg the Church Catechism, or a comment upon it, to be repeated in the time of Lent and, if they continue to hear the children say it over till they repeat each word in order, think that they have amply done their parts in this respect. But, formerly, the Church of God, both among Jews and Christians, understood his precepts, and their duty, on the point before us in a difi'erent manner: and whether our own Church by requiring' every person, vicar, or curate, to teach, instruct, and examine the youth and ignorant persons of his parish, in some part of the Catechism, for half an hour or more, every Sunday and holyday; and all fathers, masters, 6m. To cause their children, servants, and apprentices to come at the time appointed, obediently to hear and be ordered by the minister, ' and this with so high a penalty.
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