Letters on Superior Education: In Its Relation to the Progress and Permanency of Wesleyan Methodism (Classic Reprint)

December 30, 2018|
Letters on Superior Education: In Its Relation to the Progress and Permanency of Wesleyan Methodism (Classic Reprint) by William Scott
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Excerpt from Letters on Superior Education: In Its Relation to the Progress and Permanency of Wesleyan Methodism

Such influences essentially defective. While, therefore, we render just praise to ancient philosophers for their learning, and their ardent efforts to propagate their views, it must be acknowledged that at the commencement of the Christian era there existed but little in the way of education that can be considered satisfactory, or that was really adapted to the wants of the masses. Then, and for long ages afterward, there was no provision for the moral culture of the multitudes. Schools of law and learning were established for privileged classes, but society in general was left to grovel in darkness, amidst debas ing ignorance and injurious superstitions. The introduction of Christianity produced a moral revolution, subversive of Jewish prejudice and heathen philosophy. By its own lutrin sic power and Spiritual supremacy it was destined to refine the intellect of man, and create wants which it alone had resources to satisfy. When the sway of a deep religious conviction took Paul from the feet of Gamaliel and placed him at the feet of Jesus, it not only sanctified his learning, but it put in operation a principle which, while it lowered the pride of Grecian and Roman philosophers, was eminently fitted to elevate the de; graded and suffering. The effects of Christianity, apart from the removal of philosophic error taught in the schools, were transcendantly thrilling. Athens and Rome felt their over powering influence, and the wisdom of man was found to be foolishness with God; that the Lord of all was no respector of persons was seen to embody no mere impracticable theory, but a profound principle of practicable importance; and St. Paul was appointed as the suitable agent for making it manifest through the wide range of his laborious travels. Had Chris tian truth and Christian charity met with no obstacles or im pediments, they would have speedily subdued the pretensions of philos0phic pride, and would have raised the masses to a position of intelligence and dignity which no secular power could have destroyed. But alas for human nature and social progress, the conceptions of greatness and prospective advance ment, indigenous to Christianity as a system, were not per mitted to take root and spread from land to land, but were re pressed by pious ignorance or diverted by sad admixtures of heathen vanity and self sufliciency. Nevertheless, Christianity successfully sustained the conflict with antiquated systems of'error, and the leading spirits of the Christian faith, to a certain extent, became. The educators of.

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Title:Letters on Superior Education: In Its Relation to the Progress and Permanency of Wesleyan Methodism...Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:78 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.16 inShipping dimensions:78 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.16 inPublished:December 30, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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