Means and Ends of Education

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Author: J.L. Spalding
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,520 / 153 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.4
LoC Category: LB
Downloads: 636
Added to site: 2010.11.09
mnybks.net#: 29522
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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rest in a mechanical view of nature, but it brings home to us with increasing power the awfulness of the infinite mystery, which we more and more clearly perceive to be a spiritual rather than a material fact. If at present there is a certain failure of will and consequent discouragement in the pursuit of moral and intellectual perfection, this is a result of our passing bewilderment in the presence of the revelations of science and of the mighty forces it places in the hands of man, and not of any new knowledge which tends to inspire misgivings concerning the being of God and our kinship with Him:---

From nature up to law, from law to love: This is the ascendant path in which we move, Impelled by God in ways that lighten still, Till all things meet in one eternal thrill.

As the Universe revealed by the Copernican astronomy and the other natural sciences is infinitely more sublime and marvellous than such a world as the Israelites, the Greeks, or the Romans imagined, so they who see rightly in

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