Benjamin Rush on Education and the Bible (final)


“The sciences have been compared to a circle, of which religion composes a part. To understand any one of them perfectly, it is necessary to have some knowledge of them all. Bacon, Boyle, and Newton included the Scriptures in the inquiries to which their universal geniuses disposed them, and their philosophy was aided by their knowledge in them. A striking agreement has been lately discovered between the history of certain events recorded in the Bible and some of the operations and productions of nature, particularly those which are related to Whitehurst’s observation on the deluge, in Smith’s account of the origin of the variety of color in the human species, and in Bruce’s travels. It remains yet to be shown how many other events related in the Bible accord with some late important discoveries in the principles of medicine. The events and the principles alluded to mutually establish the truth of each other.”

“. . . The only means of establishing and perpetuating our . . . government . . . is, the universal education for our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of The Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.”

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


  1. Allen P. May 28, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Thank you guys for sharing these. I enjoyed reading each one.

  2. Michael May 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Society definitely depends on that which is provided by the Holy Bible. To forsake the ways of God is to forsake the only sure foundation for happiness among a people, for “happy is that people whose God is the LORD” Psalm 144:15.

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