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GREAT SAYINGS ON INTELLIGENT SELF-LOVE
“Self-denial is self-love living for the future.”
“Nothing is true pleasure that is not pleasant to remember.”
“A good time is one that don't go off with the having.”
“Wisdom hath length of days in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and honor."
Love thyself last.
California Supreme Court Take Solitary Stand Against
Bible in Schools On Nov. 2, 1922, New York Times gave full report of the opinion of the Supreme Court of California, overruling a lower court, that reading King James Version of the English Bible, “without note or comment," in a public school of that State, is in violation of those provisions of the State Constitution and laws that provide that “Boards of School Trustees shall exclude from school all books, publications or papers of a sectarian, partisan or denominational character.” This decision, of course, affects California only, and so far as government agencies are concerned represents few other States. When America was American the reading of the Bible, the King Book in the literature of knowledge and of power, was the teacher's first act each day in schools and colleges; and it is estimated that in three-fourths of our towns that fundamental Americanism has never been surrendered. A Catholic archbishop in Cincinnati, about sixty years ago, in the interest of his parochial schools, persuaded the city school board to banish the Bible. The court ruled, two to one, that the reading of the Bible was in accordance with the requirement of the Northwest Charter, that Christian morality should be diligently promoted by the public schools. By a curious legerdemain, the outvoted judge, sitting in another court, overruled the decision, but decided only that any city school board in Ohio could put the Bible out or in. That is still the law of that State. Only one State, Arizona, has banished the Bible by statute. Only one Supreme Court, that of Illinois, has hitherto forbidden Bible reading altogether, and the new Constitution of Illinois, soon to be voted on, contains permission for Bible reading. Two States, Nebraska and Wisconsin, have forbidden “sectarian" use of the Bible, but that was superfluous, for no one has ever asked for such use. Several State Attorney Generals and Superintendents of Schools, years ago, gave adverse opinions, which had only temporary authority. ON ACCOUNT OF THE ALARMING INCREASE OF JUVENILE CRIME, THE RECENT TENDENCY, HAS BEEN NOT MERELY TO PERMIT BUT TO REQUIRE DAILY
BIBLE TEADING, PUTTING IT IN THE HONOR ROLL OF COMPULSORY EDUCATION-TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT TO THE LOCAL OPTION OF A POLITICAL SCHOOL BOARD OR A FRIVOLOUS TEACHER. Since 1855 Massachusetts has required daily Bible reading in every school by State law. School boards of New York and Washington made this requirement by rule back in the 19th century. Early in the 20th century, Pennsylvania required that every school day should begin with reading of at least ten verses of the Bible. The Jews and Roman Catholics made no serious opposition before or after the passage of the law. This was a great surprise, and led New Jersey, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia to pass substantially the same law. New Jersey alone confined the reading to the Old Testament by statute. Louisiana did the same by Supreme Court decision, which ruled that only Jews could make valid claim that any part of the Bible was "sectarian," and then only in case of the New Testament. The court cast to the winds as trivial the claim that the Catholic could oppose King James version as "sectarian.” It should be known that one of the most beautiful eulogies of King James version was written by Cardinal Newman. Cardinal Gibbons told the writer he often read it. Bishop Jones, of Porto Rico, since deceased, cordially approved posting King James version of the Commandments in the public schools. Bishop Canevin used that version of the Commandments in his "Easy Lessons of Christian Doctrine for Mixed Schools." With twelve millions of our children of school age not in any Sunday school it is hardly less than an encouragement of juvenile crime to bar out of the only schools where Bible precepts can be brought to bear on that great host the Book which all religious people agree is needed by all youth to safeguard them and the community.
1 Biblical Seminary, 541 Lexington Ave., N. Y., strategically recognizes that “all Christian workers should know Christ, the Bible, human nature and how to teach." Ask Prof. Wood for best books to aid fathers, teachers and preachers in development of adolescent boys.
LAST WORD. As this last form goes to press, Italy has made a choice of evils, changing from the childish new type of “bloc”, government, whose compromises preclude courage to deal with mobs, to a government by aristocratic revolutionists, who prefer to end an inefficient democracy rather than mend it by slow processes of education. At the same time the Turkish rebels, who have seized another government, are preparing to play the petty politics of all the “bloc” democracies to regain more than Turkey lost by the World War. We propose for schools and colleges and clubs discussion of this question: In view of recent history of Russia, Italy, China, Mexico and Ireland, is “Limited Monarchy” or a limitation of suffrage needed in most countries to make democracy safe for the world?
Author's books are named on page 432. That which contains most information on the social problems briefly discussed in this book, is the Princeton Lectures on “Practical Christian Sociology.” 12mo, illustrated, 512 pp., $1.50 postpaid. It is a curious study in current education, which the author can afford to view from the gates of eternity quite impersonally, that even Christian colleges have usually preferred sociologies that were neither “Christian” nor “practical,” which mostly ignore the Bible records of the origin of human society, and are written by men who have never encountered social problems except in books. When colleges want a medical teacher or text book they require a basis of "practice,” and so in the teaching of electricity and art; but sociology, which should be a practical exposition of the finest of the fine arts, the art of social living -the art of social betterment—any teacher or author will do who can make up a pedagogic book out of old books without any first-hand experience in improving community life. The sociological expert, known as a reformer, is too practical to be altogether agreeable. Can any one name a college or university whose graduates, after spending much money and valuable time in study of sociology, have gone back to their home cities to overthrow the unholy league of commercialized vices and commercialized politics, as doctors go from the university to heal the sick, and engineers to build roads and bridges? Is it not for lack of practicality in many sociologies?
The author desires to help social conditions not alone or chiefly by books, but more by lectures, free leaflets and correspondence. His address is 206 Pennsylvania Avenue, S. E., Washington, D. C. His next undertaking, in which he asks the prompt cooperation of those who are in sympathy with some, if not all, of the social aims expressed in this book, is to develop a perpetual endowment for free circulation of such matter as this book contains in frequent “Up-to-the-Minute Bulletins” and “Standard Welfare Documents.” The events of 1922 have shown conclusively that much more educational work on all these themes is needed.
Addams, Jane, quoted, 169. Bankers' National Association
against Ku Klux, 161 (foot Barrett, Mrs. Kate Waller,
Best, Nolan R., quoted, 146.
in sports, 345f; in “society," Bible reading, varied plans of,
promote patriotism, 293.
Boys, 74, 95, 275, 306, 314,
Brooks, Miss Virginia, 175.
170, 172 (footnote), 148f.
the world, 109 (footnote); Business associations defend-
Business glorified by love of
Canada, social problems of,
retary Davis, 368, and by
Capital, relation of, to labor,
in great editorials and decla Catholics, joining in defense
Catholic prelate's beautiful
plea for Sunday rest, 382.