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The Evidence Of The New Testament
MR. QUICK once called the Book of Proverbs an early treatise on education; and, unusual though the view may be, there is much in that wonderful collection of wise sayings to recommend the remark as just and justifiable. The same character cannot be claimed for the contents of the New Testament ; or, at any rate, it cannot be claimed with anything approaching to the same degree of truth.
Educational Activity In The Early Centuries
IT is curious and interesting to trace a line from Athens round the Aegean Sea, on round the eastern and south-eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and then to reflect upon the immensity of effort, of human intellectual activity at work there in the centuries immediately preceding the birth of Christ.
Schools Under The Roman Empire
SINCE Christianity developed within the limits of the Roman Empire, no inquiry into primitive Christian education can dispense with all knowledge of Roman schools and education. In the days pre-ceding the Empire, the Romans had, it appears, devised a system of education of which the means or instruments were not, in the main, literary.
The Catechetical System Of The Primitive Christians
IT was suggested at the close of the first chapter that the germ of the catechetical schools established and worked by the primitive Christians may be detected in the great Apostles' custom of gathering round them, for instruction and discipline, disciples and aspirants to the priesthood.
St. Clement Of Alexandria
In common fairness, however, St. Clement's view of learning in the Paedagogue should be compared with that which is given in his Address to the Greeks (or Exhortation to the Heathen).
St. Cyril Of Jerusalem
It is perhaps worth while to insist once more upon the fact that the Fathers of the Church were called upon to deal primarily with the circumstances of their own age ; not with those of days gone by, nor with those of days to come. That is one side of the truth. But if circumstances change quickly and greatly, human nature alters slowly and little.
The Christians Attitude To Roman Learning And Education
AFTER the establishment of public schools in the Roman Empire their multiplication and their success was almost marvellous. As Dr. Bigg and M. Boissier have pointed out, education followed the triumphant Roman general with an almost miraculous certainty.
St. Jerome
OF the early Fathers, the most learned were probably St. Clement of Alexandria, St. Origen, and St. Jerome. The erudition of the first of these is not exhibited in the Paedagogue so often or so clearly as it is in the Exhortation to the Heathen, and in the Stromata or Tapestry Work.
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