Signs of the Times

[From Life and Work, The Church of Scotland Magazine, Edinburgh, Scotland]

"Not long ago I met one of our great schoolmasters—a veteran in that high service," says Professor Jacks. "Where in your time-table do you teach religion?" I asked him. "We teach it all day long," he answered. "We teach it in arithmetic, by accuracy. We teach it in language, by learning to say what we mean—yea, yea, and nay, nay. We teach it in history, by humanity. We teach it in geography, by breadth of mind. We teach it in handicraft, by thoroughness. We teach it in astronomy, by reverence. We teach it in the playground, by fair play. We teach it by kindness to animals, by courtesy to servants, by good manners to one another, and by truthfulness in all things." A great schoolmaster indeed! Religion in that school is not confined to one brief period per day or per week. It is not shut up into a water-tight compartment known as "Scripture" or identified with "chapel," with hymns and sermons. Religion ... concerns every hour of the week, every task of mind or of hand. One has not to stop life to do something religious. Religion is the spirit in which we face life, in which we do our work. Slipshod work is immoral and irreligious.

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December 3, 1927

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