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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

Who Support Churches?

Who Support Churches?

The various Evangelical sects yielded up the contest for religious education in common schools almost without a struggle. It is said that the children, whose education is not advanced beyond the elementary branches of learning, do not in time become pew-holders and supporters of churches. These efficient aids to church support are found in the classes which pass through denominational schools of a higher grade. Round these all the forces of Evangelicalism will rally to uphold the right of parents of the respectable class to provide religious education for their children. Certainly the zeal, the labors, the munificent generosity, of the Evangelical denominations to build and endow Academies and Colleges, deserve unbounded praise. But when the State opens its plethoric treasury to establish secular Colleges, with allowances of freedom not possible in sectarian institutions, the struggle page 35 will be short and decisive. This is not prophecy: it is history.