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(without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... THE CHILD AND SIN The child furnishes the only actual type of
innocence. With its personality incompletely formed, its experience
narrowly circumscribed, and its intellect undeveloped, it is
necessarily prevented from temptation to many of the forms of
wrong-doing or wrong-thinking which so easily beset maturer age.
The relative ignorance of evil, the consequent trustfulness and
absence of suspicion, the receptiveness and docility, the
simplicity and sincerity which belong to childhood in an especial
degree, enable us to refer to the child as in some particulars the
standard of perfection to which manhood must strive to attain. "Of
such is the kingdom of heaven"; "Unless ye be converted, and become
as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Of course, these words of Jesus Christ cannot be so interpreted as
to imply that childhood is morally perfect, in any sense of the
word "perfect." Some men, however, have been led to attribute to
the child, or rather to the infant, a unique moral excellence.
Rousseau, for example, regarded children as coming perfect from
their Creator's hand. And we are familiar with Wordsworth's lines:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with
us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh
from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy On the other hand, the child
nature is always characterised by what, in older persons, would be
described as faults and vices. Young children are invariably very
impatient of godly restraint and discipline; they exhibit a
passionateness of temper, a wilfulness, a greed, an unconscious
cruelty, and a capacity for unrestr...
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