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tion unto his people by the remission of their
sins." (Luke i, 77.) To this high and holy end
it was foretold that " the spirit of the Lord shall
rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and under¬
standing, the spirit of counsel and might, the
spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord."
These quotations lead us to another principle
of the Christian system; it is the fundamental
principle of human progress in the onward and
upward direction, the very pivot upon which the
philosophy of history turns, namely, the ante-
mundane decree of the Creator, that man shall
perfect himself in knowledge and in religion.
(Ephesians i, 4; iii, 14-20; Phil, i, 9-11.)
It is easily perceived that these two prin¬
ciples are akin, but not identical. The first
is objective, the second subjective; the former
represents the Creator and covenant God as op-
crating upon humanity; the latter represents hu¬
manity as operating upon itself in harmony with
the divine law and government.
a. It is under these principles, and only un¬
der these, that domestic education becomes suc¬
cessful and beneficial to the family and to society.
I intend my statement to be emphatic. I mean
what I say, and say only what I mean. Educa¬
tion under any other conditions may produce the