PRINCIPAL RAINY ON RELIGIOUS TEACHING
Spetk'ng at the public luncheon at Danedin Pilnolpal Rainy ea'd that he was delighted to see the extraordinary development of eiuoatlonal Institutions, high and low, thsooghout the colonies, and had watohed with interest the d ffjrent vlowb that were taken of the question of Bible reading and teaching In the aohools. If they would allow him, with great submission, to say It, ft seemed to him that there w»a a oertaln kind of religious teaching whioh not only might be, but must be left to the ohuroheß ; but it did appear to him on the other side, that it was perfeotly consistent with what wes reasonable and with what oould practicably be done with convenience to all pa: ties that there m'ght be 1b the Bohoole, as there was In the aohools of Scotland and m New South Wales, the means taken to secure that the ohlldren m a country where he believed 99 per oent of the parents were Christians should baoome acquainted with the Bible story and be lr-laenoad by tbe Bible senti-ment*-—(Applanee.) Ho regarded any education system as woefally or aJo when ihtt element did not exist. He was disposed to take any way of it tbat gained the end to which he referred, but hs would not be satisfied to have that end seoorei by anything thifc was done outside the sohco-s If it was not done also inside the aoboole. — (Applause).* He ahrank from the idea of a large seotlon of ohlldren growing op with their minds an absolute blank upon tha whole enbjact of God and Christ and tbe Bible Btory, and he was strongly of opinion that if they polled the heads of families on the question they would very soon bqo that what they wanted was to bring the Bble Into the schools. He wished further o Bay on tMs subject that he deprecated theory. Hera was a great praotlcal Interest m hand — that of famishing to their children those impressions about whloh the general community was agreed that they ought to be part and share of tbe general heritage of the community— aod the praotloal qneatlon was how to pet lit done. He knew there were difficulties whloh might be solved In various ways. In Canada they had solved the difficulty m a very peoullar way, a»:& m New South Wales they had solved It by adopting the Bystem of the Irish school extracts, but In other oolooles they bad deferred to the dlffarenoas between tbe ohurohes, and had deferred— erroneously he 'thought— to the Roman Oathollos, beoiuse it was not the Roman Oathollos' interest that Protestantism should be depiivcd of the Instruction of its ohlldren. He had been led to speak of this becaoae his heart was full of It. The question was one on whloh they must be prepared to give and take, but he should regard it as a matter of the highest importance to fiud some means of securing that the mass of children might be allowed to be put In possession of the ootllne of the blessed Bible story, for the Bible taught religion through history— that the Bible story Impregnated as it was with Blb'e sentiment, might be allowed to oome into their minds. — (Applause.)
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