Book Review: I. Practical Theology: 2. Pedagogical: By-Products of the Rural Sunday SchoolBy-Products of the Rural Sunday School. By SomerndikeJ. M., Philadelphia, The Westminster Press, 1914. 169 pp. 60 cts. net
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Book Reviews. 113 He does not seem to recognize the difference between a cleavage in coIl5ciousness made by dogma and the cermonial knife, and the cleavage which is the inevitable consequence of realizing that one has fallen short of the divine standard of purity and life. It is therefore a reflection on parental training for children to discover that they are "lost" and in need of a Savior. The child must be taught that he is saved, not that he is lost and may be saved. That we must prevent
... we must prevent our children from going far into sin is evidently our duty, but that we should teach them that they are already in the kingdom, already saved even 'before they believe, is by no means clear. In fact the author is ambiguous at the vital point; that is, the salvation of the child. He rightly says that the child is in a "safe cond~tion," if not in a "saved condition," "he is savable." It is argued. that the psychological effect of infant 'baptism upon parents, and the future of the child justifies the practice of the rite. Some valuwble glimpses into human nature are presented and helpful methods of teaching suggested. Part III is devoted to The Book. Dr. Robinson is a thoroughgoing Christian evolutionist and an adherent of the new criticism which is IIigher Criticism somewhat toned down in its conclusions but adhered to in its fundwmental principles and general documentary application. As 'a higher critic he is conservative, constructive and vitalistic. In the closing chapters he is quite practical as he opeI!s the "Gates to the Old Testament," points out the "Roads to the Gospel" and turns "Some Keys" to New Testament revelation. Word studies throw flash lights upon many passages.