We have been told as previously posted that we are not a Christian nation and I suppose one big reason for this was to keep religion out of school to educate [indoctrinate] our children to live in a world that is no longer dependent on faith, or more specifically, Jesus Christ.
There was once a man named Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a physician and a scientist and held he first chemistry professorship in America as well as an exhaustive list of other accomplishments but most importantly today was his tract in 1830 ( remember the separation of church and state letter was written in 1801) entitled 'Defence of the USE OF THE BIBLE IN SCHOOLS'
" I shall assume the five following propositions..."
1. That Christianity is the only true and perfect religion; and that in proportion as mankind adopt it's principles and obey it's precepts they will be wise and happy."
2. "That a better knowledge of this religion is to be acquired by reading the Bible that in any other way."
3. That the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.
4. That knowledge is more durable, and religious instruction most usefuil, when imparted in early life."
5. That the Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life."
"My arguments in favor of the use of the Bible in schoolbook are founded"
In the following posts I will expose Dr. Rush's arguments for the Bible being part of the educational importance of our children.
Some of his quotes:
" I believe no man was ever early instructed in the truths of the Bible without having been made wiser or better by the early operation of these impressions upon his mind."
" I wish to be excused from repeating here that if the Bible did not convey a single direction for the attainment of the future happiness, it should be read in our schools in preference to all other books for it's containing the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public temporal happiness."
" If moral precepts alone could have reformed mankind, the mission of the Son of God into our world would have been unessessary"
" We profess to be Republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our Republican form of Government; that is for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of Republicanism."
" Perhaps an apology may be necessary for my having presumed to write upon a subject so much above ordinary studies. My excuse for that is that I thought a single mite from a member of a profession which has been frequently charged with skeptisism in religion might attract the notice of persons who had often overlooked the more ample contributions,upon this subject, of gentlemen in other professions."
Dr. Benjamin Rush
To my friends whom will disagree, I still Love you dearly. Come forth and share quotes from history in contradiction to these posted here so that we may obtain a full sense of truth in history and that all may know the truth, the absolute truth.