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An obieotion to Bible in bjuools frequently advanoed is that sectarianism will en er the schools. The moral effect of the segregation of the chiidrej in various groups is said to be that sectarian feeiingß will be engendered. If this were so, it would undoub. tedly be a real objection. But the argument shows a complete ignorance of tbe otuia mind. For less than one twenty-fifth of Ha solool Ufa this separation into classes wi.l take nlaoe. The broad impressions left on tho <-iiia is that religion has its place m lifeTha theological doctrines wbioi divide Ohristaidomare, to the twelve year old, in-tne abstruse region of tbe dry aid unintarescm ß Tney made nc> appeal to him. ih« notion,of the instructors' appeal sectarian prejudioe is, in this age ti toleration, absurd. There is only time, too, for iroaloulating those broad andumple aspects (f Chriftiahity which are of universal appeal to childhood. There remains tne unconscious influence exerted by the knowledge that one, class-mate is of anotner religious fold. again, the ohiid's view must be realised. Much more than wittt adults, do personality and tastes control the child's affinities. re-grouping of olasses once a week will have an infinhely less effect in affecting[friendliness) than prowess in football, charm of speeoh, or living in different streets, and going to different oburohts and Suuday Schools.

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SECTARIAN DIFFICULTY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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SECTARIAN DIFFICULTY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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