Youth's Magazine,  9 (1836), 189–90.

The Bible the Best Teacher



Extract, Miscellaneous

Publications extracted:

Henry Melvill


Biblical Authority, Encyclopaedias, Education, Piety, Natural Philosophy

    Considers that there is a strong tendency to set aside the Bible and to look elsewhere to accomplish the ends for which it was intended: 'We fear, for example, that the intellectual benefits of scriptural knowledge are well nigh entirely overlooked; and that in the efforts to raise the standard of mind, there is little or no recognition of the mighty principle that the Bible out-weighs ten thousand encyclopædias' (189). Fears the separation of intellectual and spiritual teaching. Accepts that knowledge is power, but believes that it must be directed by divine wisdom. 'We say not that the study of scripture should exclude other studies, or be substituted for them. Natural philosophy is not to be learned from scripture, nor general history. But we say that scriptural study should be at once the ground-work and companion of every other' (190).

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