The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79
Address on: "The Secularisation of National Education."
Address on: "Some Aspects of the Roman Catholic Attitude towards our National System of Education,"
Appendix: Manifesto of The Secular Education League of Great Britain; Appeals of Churchmen and Non-Comform-ists to their Co-religionists etc., etc.page break
"Truth, in the great practical concerns of life, is so much a question of reconciling and combining of opposites, that very few have minds sufficiently capacious and impartial to make the adjustment with an approach to correctness, and it has to be made by the rough process of a struggle between combat ants fighting under hostile banners." . ..." It can do truth no service to blink the fact known to all who have the most ordinary acquaintance with literary history that a large portion of the noblest and most valuable moral teaching has been the work, not only of men who did not know, but of men who knew and rejected, the Christian faith—J. S. Mill (on "Liberty," chap. II.)
"When people wonder what we can find to object to is 'simple Bible teaching,' they do not take in the fundamental difference between Catholicism and Protestantism, using these words in their widest sense. Catholicism is the religion of a society. Protestantism is the religion of a Book, Just as no consistent Protestant would consent to have his children taught even doctrines which he himself believes, if they are bidden believe them on the authority of the Catholic Church, so no consistent Catholic can consent to have his children taught even doctrines which he himself believes if they are bidden believe them on the authority of the Bible. Catholicism holds that Jesus Christ came upon earth to found a church. Protestantism holds that He came to commend to His disciples the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Catholics may be quite wrong in thinking as they do, but so long as they do think it they will object to be rated for the teaching of the religion of the Book while they have to rate themselves for the teaching of the religion of the society."—D. C. Lathbury (High Churchman), in "Westminster Gazette."