Education And Religion; Their Correlation -- By: Charles Franklin Thwing

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 086:341 (Jan 1929)
Article: Education And Religion; Their Correlation
Author: Charles Franklin Thwing


Education And Religion; Their Correlation1

Charles Franklin Thwing

I. Education And Religion As Experience

In the beginning I wish my first word to be one of thankfulness. For, the opportunity of serving upon this historic foundation, for, the privilege of standing in a great succession of churchmen and of college leaders, command my deep gratitude.

The subject which I have chosen for the course is Education and Religion: their correspondence or correlation. With your indulgence, I shall speak upon the theme in four relations: first, as experience; second, as form and content; third, as forces appealing to the reason and other faculties; and fourth, in conclusion, as forces calling for development, and consummation or fruitage.

The selection of this theme requires no defense. For, of all places in America, Kenyon represents the union of the forces of education and of religion in a degree most impressive. For a hundred and more years, the church, as the exponent of religion, and the college, as the organ of the higher education, have here co-operated in noble efficiency, and unto the richest results.

By religion, as I shall constantly use the word, I refer specifically to the Christian faith, of which the organ is the church. But, at times, I may use the word in a yet broader meaning. For, religion represents the relationship which man holds to Ultimate Being. It includes Ultimate Being itself, it includes man, it includes the

process or medium which unites the object and the subject. The common interpretation of the word supports such a meaning,—the binding of man to his God. For, religion does stand for those ties which unite God and man. Another definition, recognized by Murray, derived from Cicero, makes the word stand for reading, or rereading, as if, through religion, man came to understand the divine. But, at all events, the definition which I have ventured to impose, the relation which man holds to Ultimate Being, has good support.

In my interpretation of education, nothing recondite is to be found. I shall, however, on the whole, limit the word to what is called higher education, the collegiate foundation, its form, structure, method, and fulfillment.

In this lecture I shall seek to present education and religion as a personal experience.

Experience stands for the learning, the forgetting, the thinking, the feeling, the rejoicing and the suffering, the hoping and the despairing, the accepting and the refusing, of the individual man. It refers to the phenomena which belong to or are incarnated in the person. It m...

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