THE DUTY OF THE CHURCH TO OWN, CONTROL,
AND SUPPORT HER COLLEGES.
(Some of the problems herein presented have no yet become press-
ing in our portion of the Lord's vineyard, but the general tone is so
fundamental and wholesome as to make helpful reading for intelligent
and thoughtful church members everywhere.--Editor.)
What is education, its aim and purpose? Is education
properly a function of the Church? Has the Church shown
educational efficiency in the past? Has the work of the
Church in educational fields in the past been an advantage
or a disadvantage to the world? Why should the question
be raised to-day as to the educational efficiency of the
Church? What objections have been made to her contin-
uance in this work? Are these objections valid? What
substitutes have been proposed? Can the Church hesitate
as to her duty because money is needed to perform it?
This is a brief outline of the discussion which should be
given of the subject indicated by the title of this article.
It will be manifestly impossible to discuss these various
points in detail, but the argument must follow the outline
to some extent at least.
Education is the drawing out, or development, of native
power, and the training of that developed power so that the
possessor of it can control it, and can direct it skillfully and
efficiently for the best interest of himself and others.
What must be the recognized end of all education? Not
the making of splendid brutes, with physical powers dom-
inating the life. Not the making of great logicians, great
orators, great poets, great generals, great captains of indus-
try and finance, whose intellectual powers flash and dazzle,
entertain or control. The end of all education must be the