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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
                EDUCATION.                         339

and claim to be a good system. A school of muscle and intellect
merely is not a perfect school by any means A school with-
out morals or instruction in morals would soon degrade both
bodly and mind. I need not argue this point. The truth stated
is self-evident  If it gives no instruction in morals, then its
pupils must bring morality from some other source This, then,
brings us to the consideration of the last and chief head of our
subject, viz., Religious Education.
  We have already touched upon physical education, or mere
muscular training; upon intellectual education, which has to do
with training and developing the intellectual faculties; and
upon moral education, or the training and guiding of the moral
sense. I say we have touched upon these, and merely touched
upon them, because each of these departments would require
lengthy discussion, were we to attempt anything like a full dis-
cussion of them. We have merely outlined them in their natural
order, and as they appear to stand out in the nature of man,
as separate and distinct departments of his constitution, yet in-
timately associated and bound together, and working together
as parts of one system, one organization, We now come to the
consideration of that last and highest department of our being,
which, in the fully-developed man, seems to be the ruling; domi-
nating power of his whole being, and which seems in him alone
to be the foundation principle in the guidance of his multiplex
constitution, viz., his religious nature. And here we stand a
palled and wondering, in the mere contemplation of so great a
subject as lies before us, while we survey the horizon that lies
about us in the sphere of this department of our being.
  History and philosophy, for ages gone by, have contributed
much of all their leaning  to solve the depths and heights of
this religious life in man. The greater portion of the best intel-
lect of all ages, under all civilizations, has expended its best pow-
ers in this one department of study.  And our present great age
of the nineteenth century, with its might of intellectual power,
with its wealth of philosophical learning, is still more deeply
interested in this great subject than any age that has preceded
it  The far-off East had it Zoroaster, its Buddha, its Confucius;
the later civilizations of Greece and Rome had their Socrates,
and Plato, and Cicero and Seneca; the Jews had their Abra-
ham  and  Moses; these men, in every age have had their
opposers. They were founders and representatives of mighty
systems of religious thought.   Their contemporaries in civil
government, in politics and commerce, and in war have passed
away, with their various influences. But in religion, Zoroaster
and  Confucius,  and  Buddha,  and  Abraham  and  Moses,
have not yet passed away.  They are read inbooks, and prac-
ticed in the lives of millions of men and women, still living on
the eat.  We now have a later religious representative, who
came eighteen centuries ago.  He had His rise centuries after
Moses. He had His opposers, when Greek philosophy and
Roman civilization were very high, if not at their height He


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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