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The Indian advocate. ([Sacred Heart, Okla.]) 1???-1910, May 01, 1907, Image 8

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Christian Education.
By D. Vincent, O, S. B. I. Reproduced by request,
THE question of education is nowadays the theme of great
many writers, and the subject of discussion'in almost everv
periodical and dailv production of the public mind. It is a '
question that never attracted so much the attention of the
people at large as it does in our times, and yet it is, in everv
part of the world, an object of contradiction and misunder
standing. This is to be regretted, for the question of education is a
very delicate one.onethat carries withit,in man's religious and,
social field of activity, the most happy or the most disastrous x
consequences that can affect the individual's and the nation';
destiny. Lack of definite principles an4 mental discipline is
one of the characteristics of our age, and nothing tells bet- m)
ter of the frivolity and the inconsistancy of the modern mind
than the carelessness our contemporaries affect on one hand
about the truth and inflexibility of logical principles which
form the basis of early science and the zeal they display, on
the other, for the acquisition of subordinate knowledge. .,
It looks rather strange that a generation of men so ardent
in the investigation of nature's true physical laws should be
at the same time so accommodating and indifferent about
the very laws of truth. No scholar of our day would disco
ver without dismay any sign of condradiction in the lawsof
nature, and yet most of them take as a matter of course the
contradictions of the public mind in the very domain or first
principles. The loose skepticism of latter-day philosophers
has denied the existence of any definite and unchangeable s
truth and the champions of the so-called Reformation, by in
augurating the system of free instruction, have raised contra- f
diction itself to the rank and dignity of principle, so that a v
thousand and one different sects have been the practical )
outcome of it. v

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