In the foreword of McGuffey’s Reader published in 1836, McGuffey wrote: “The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions.” In McGuffey’s 5th Reader, published in 1879, McGuffey included a lesson by William Ellery Channing entitled “Religion: The only Basis of Society.” How powerless conscience would become without the belief of a God. Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man. … Man would become what the theory of atheism declares him to be.”
It is so unfortunate that wholesome stories that teach good moral lessons are no longer taught in our public schools.
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