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no other labour is prescribed. If there were indeed any other indispensable syllabus of theology proposed by
the church or university, which would of itself occupy
much time, it might be less necessary to insist upon this specific study. But if in the present circumstances we cannot readily establish a more efficient course, it seems expedient to begin with this simple and intelligible plan. For even supposing that the imposition of such a study would prove to some individuals a severe or ungrateful task, what is this to be accounted of, in the contemplation of the advantage to the Church The wound of our Church must be healed; and we are persuaded that if a convocation were held at this day it would readily adopt, in the prospect of such a benefit, even a painful remedy. And yet the remedy proposed would be only painful for a moment; for it is most certain that the student himself would afterwards reflect on the benefit derived to him from such a course of study, with fervent gratitude, to the end of his life.* Young divines ought not to complain of the labor of learning Hebrew when even their own country-women can attain it with facility. There are now several ladies who can read the Old Testament in the original tongue; but they are ashamed to confess it, when they see that some of the CIergy are ignorant of the language. It was death alone which brought to light the Hebrew learning of Miss Elizabeth Smith.
–o* The Church of England will, I doubt not, gratefully acknowledge
hereafter the advantages for the study of the Hebrew language, which have been afforded by the zealous exertions of Dr. Burgess, Bishop of St. David's. It is pleasing to behold a man of his learning and station condescending to smooth the path to beginners, and to offer facilities for the acquirement of the sacred language These are the labours which in their nature and issue are truly immortal:—“To instruct the “ignorant, to invite to useful knowledge, to point to heaven and to lead “the way;-these are the labours which will enable a man to say at the “close of life, By the Grace of God I have not lived in vain.”
I think it not foreign to the general subject of these pages to observe here, that an increased cultivation of the female mind is a characteristic of the present era of Christian knowledge : and is a sure prognostic of a yet brighter period. Custom and use will sway the majority, and even prejudice men of learning and intelligence on this subject; but there seems to me to be little doubt of the truth of the following position ;-Young women ought to possess the same advantages of education whicharegiven to young men in general useful learning, until the age of fifteen. I apprehend that the difference which now exists is the effect of barbarism, and is, in no respect,accordant with reason or Christianity. To THIS DAY, WOMEN HAVE NOT ENJOYED THE FULL PRIVILEGES OF THE CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION. It is in the New Testament alone we see the female character exalted to its just place. The age of chivalry rather disgraced the female mind than did it honour. In the present circumstances of the world, a due cultivation of the female mind would do more for the interests of religion and virtue, than is generally imagined. Whenever knowledge shall become universal, we may be sure that women will be principal instruments in communicating it; for there is one benefit to
be derived from instructing the female sex, which will be acknowledged by all. It enables mothers to teach their own children. There must certainly be something very defective in the education of that woman, who cannot instruct her own son (according to the rank in society in which she herself has lived) to the twelfth year of his age. To afford a mother such a qualification, and such an advantage, and such a pleasure, is a plain dictate of Christianity.
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S E R M ON,
PREACH eID. At
T H E S O C I ET Y
MISSIONS TO AFRICA AND THE EAST,
Rev. CLAUDIUS BUCHANAN, D. D.
LATE vice-rBovost of THE COLLEGE of Fort-will IAM IN
-THIRD EDITION, REVISED,
S E R M O N III.
MATT. V. 14. Ye are the Light of the World.
“IN THE BEGINNING was the WoRD, and the “Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John i. 1. “And the Word was made FLESH, “and dwelt among us; and we beheld his Glory, “the glory as of the only-begotten of the “Father, full of grace and truth.” John i. 14. And the Word, being “manifest in the flesh, “was justified in the Spirit, seen of angels” in this humble state, “preached unto the Gentiles, “believed on in the world, received up into “glory.” I Tim. iii. 16. This, my Brethren, is the sum of that Divine Record, which is to give light to the world. CHRIST is the fountain of light. “I am the “light of the world,” saith the Eternal Word. When therefore he saith, “Ye are the light of “the world,” he means not that ye are that