“My arguments in favor of the use of the Bible as a schoolbook are founded,
I. In the constitution of the human mind.
1. … Memory [develops during childhood]
2. /[Before age seven] children are more capable of receiving just ideas
3. The influence of early impressions is very great upon subsequent life…
5. We remember longest the knowledge we acquire by the greatest number of our senses.
6. Events … described in the Old and New Testaments are calculated, above all others, to seize upon all the faculties of the mind of children.
7. Native preference of truth to fiction
8. In old age [memory tends to revert to] the knowledge acquired early in life.
–Benjamin Rush, late 1700’s
From a personal letter, later published as a tract, “The Bible in Schools”
by the American Tract Society, circa 1830
(Paragraphs two through nine)