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the young be instructed in religiini principally through the observation of the senses or by the history of facts . By the practice which I am recommending the mutual affection of
parents and of children would be cemented : the highest benefit of both would be promoted . Fathers and mothers would thus become the daily instructors of their offspring in the best of all knowledge : and what is there which more powerfully or
tenderly binds together the hearts of the young and of their elders than their reciprocal relation as kind teachers and grateful pupils ? What theo must be the force of this bond , when additional strength is given to it by the ties of nature I
Parents who teach their children , " teach themselves . They even do more than retain and increase their own stock of religious knowledge : they gratify and heighten those practical habits of piety , kindness and self-government , which are the richest and
only durable possession of mortal creatures and immortal spirits , Nor are these the sole blessings which they confer . They , at the same time , eminently subserve the interests of pure religion in a still larger circle . On domestic and personal , all social virtue must be built . N .
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themselves to our senses , we should . avail ourselves of these scenes for the purpose of conducting the young mind to the God of nature and revelation , and for implanting in that mind the filial love and reverence which
are due to the Father of the universal family . This incidental method of religious instruction , will impress the youthful memory , understanding and imagination . With persons who have already made some advances in years and
knowledge , a different way of teaching may be both requisite and useful . In the case , however , of the young and ignorant , in regard to individuals of a very tender age , it will be found expedient , i £ not essential , to address the reason by the aid of the senses , and to combine familiar with direct
and formal precept . What took place in the infancy of the world , may deserve to be considered , and , in a certain degree , to be imitated , with respect to the infancy of every man ' s
life : religion must be inculcated by means of external objects , and , as much as possible , in the shape of history . The volume of nature is always open to us , for this purpose : and both the Jewish and the Christian
revelations come down to successive races of men , principally in the pages of historians . By visible signs the Hebrew was reminded of the leading points of his faith : by parables and similitudes the prophets of former
days , and He to whom the prophets bore witness , instructed the people . Would all this have been done , unless from a well-founded conviction , that this method of teaching religion is particularly adapted to the frame and the wants of men ? To those of
children , therefore , it must be eminently suited . 1 am sensible of the value of catechisms , as text-books in the hands of judicious parents and instructors . Still , I must express my wish that Outf first catechisms be short , and that the rest be wholly or chiefly
scriptural . I feel little partiality for those , however , in general , correct and well executed , which contain long answers , drawn up in somewhat abstracted language . In a word , it would seem greatly desirable that , with a view to aid the memory , the understanding and the imagination ,
On Unitarian Missionary Preaching ' . Plymouth , Sir , September 25 , 1824 .
T has long been my wish to address Ia few thoughts to you on this subject , from the persuasion that ljias rested on my mind , that the societies which have been formed amongst us with a view to spread the knowledge
of the Unitarian doctrine , have been sadly misapplying their money , by keeping in their pay itinerant preachers , who have gone about the country without any regular plan of acting , and , after having dropped a few useful hints here and there as chance
directed , have gone away and been heard of no more . I am not prepared to say that by the services which have been performed by Messrs . Gisburne , Wright ^ Smethurst , Martin , &c , no good has been done . I hope and believe that some good may have been done by even the most desultory of
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 652, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/12/