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The Saxon Bible at the cradle of the new-born infant, by the death-bed of the gray-haired father; the Saxon Bible on the mother's knee as she teaches her child to join his little hands in prayer, and lift his heart away from earth, away from its hopes and fears, its joys and sorrows, to his Heavenly Father ; the Saxon Bible in the stateman's closet, and at the poor man's hearth; the Saxon Bible in the child's free school, and the child's free heart. Never, never can man or priest put asunder those whom God has joined together. Banish the vain delusion forever that our Saxon Bible can be taken away; neither foreign tyrants or foreign priests will ever have that power. Until America ceases to be a republic,—until the warnings of Washington and the wisdom of Webster are forgotten,-until the sacred traditions of the past have perished,—until the memories of the dead have passed away like a dream,-until religion and freedom are banished from the land, it will remain as the rule and guide of our faith, the Great Charter of our liberties.
RELIGION IN PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.
THE GRADUATING CLASS
YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO,
JUNE 20, 1860.
unjust in compelling them to pay taxes to sustain such schools ?
The writer of this article is a Protestant of the most radical typ does not stop with Martin Luther, but who protests against all obst
A D D R ES S.
I HAVE long felt that the greatest need in our systems of education is the need of well-established principles in regard to the selection of a course of studies. Could we determine upon sure grounds, what are the fundamentals of a liberal education, and in what proportion they ought to occupy the student's mind, the theory of instruction would have a firm basis, and we could rapidly advance towards perfection in the practice. In the hope of stimulating more effective laborers to work upon this problem, I have frequently recurred to it upon public occasions, treating of various parts of it according to the demands of the hour.
I propose, to-day, to take up the inquiry, To what extent and in what form should Religion enter into the scheme of public instruction ? Shall our public schools be thoroughly secularized, and religious instruction be reserved exclusively for the Sunday school and the pulpit? Or shall our schools become sectarian, and indoctrinate the pupils in the tenets of that
unjust in compelling them to pay taxes to sustain such 'schools?
The writer of this article is a Protestant of the most radical typ does not stop with Martin Luther, but who protests against all obsti