Dr. Benjamin Rush signed the Declaration of Independence and later founded a Society for the Abolition of slavery. His views on education are as important today as when he first shared them.
“I proceed…to inquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all of the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of the you; and her I beg leave to remark that:
- The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid on the foundation of religion.
- Without this there can be no virtue, and
- Without virtue there can be no liberty, and
- Liberty is the object and life of all republican governments
But the religion I mean to recommend in this place is that of the New Testament…Its doctrines and precepts are calculated to promote the happiness of society and the safety and well-being of civil government.” Dr. Benjamin Rush
What does it take to wake up the body of believers?
What does it take to wake up the clergy?