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Maryville College Bulletin 

Vol. XXIV AUGUST, 1925 Fo. 3 

President Samuel Tyndale "Wilson, D.D., L-L.D. 

.Entered May 24, 19C4, at Maryville, Tennessee, as second-class mail matter. Acceptance for mailing at 
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They Shall Be All Taught of God. 

Note: A Baccalaureate Sermon of President Wilson's printed by the Alumni Association in 1923 brought 
many expressions of appreciation from grateful alumni and friends. Now the Association is further indebted 
to our president for permission to print and circulate this message delivered to the Class of 1925, in Voorhees 
Chapel on Sunday, May 31. It is sent out with the assurance that it will be gratefully received and in the 
hope that it may deepen the interest of alumni and friends in the religious education program of the College. 

Text: John vi: 45. "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all 
taught of God." 

Dr. Anderson's Inaugural Vision. It was more than a century ago 
that Dr. Isaac Anderson became president of Maryville College, or "The 
Southern and Western Theological Seminary," as it was then called. For his 
inaugural discourse he selected two texts. The first text, from Hosea iv: 6, 
tells of religious ignorance and the calamity that it entails. God declares, 
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected 
knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me." The 
second text, from Malachi ii: 7, tells of the duty and the responsibility of 
priestly religious education when thus confronted by popular religious ig- 
norance. It declares, "For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they 
should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of 
hosts." As the theme of his inaugural address, Dr. Anderson deduced from 
these texts taken from the prophetic writings this proposition, or, as he called 
it, this "doctrine" : "The great head of the church requires knowledge as an 
indispensable qualification in the gospel ministry." And then he developed 
his theme, first, by showing historically that it has "always been God's method 
to instruct his people by a studious and learned ministry ever since he gave 
a written word"; and, secondly, by taking what, it is pleasant to note, was 
for the time in which it was written, a very creditable and scholarly "view 
of the knowledge necessary to the gospel ministry." So very complete was 
his discussion of these lines of thought that it amounted to a conclusive 
demonstration of the correctness of the positions that he had taken. The 
more one examines the writings and the life of our Dr. Anderson, the more 
profound is the respect that he feels for the ability, the versatility, the in- 
tegrity, and the enlightened religious and philanthropic leadership of that 
humble-minded but princely man of God. 

Dr. Anderson's Contribution to Religious Education. Isaac Ander- 
son was a man of visions, broad, far-reaching, and inspiring visions; but he 
was not visionary. He saw most convincingly the overwhelming need of 
the provision of religious education for the leaders of the church, as he said 
in his inaugural, "of this western country"; and he spent his mighty life in 


heroic endeavors to provide that desperately-needed religious education. He 
said: "We will go forward, although like Abraham, we know not the way; 
yet he who guided the Patriarch will guide us in the right way." And he 
added: "The people whose patronage has been solicited, have given evidence 
of generous hearts and sound judgments by their prompt and liberal sub- 
scriptions. They have enabled you to prepare a neat and commodious 
building. You have also about three hundred volumes for the commence- 
ment of a library." The building referred to was the partly constructed "fe- 
male seminary," a two-story brick building, containing six rooms, that was 
purchased for six hundred dollars and then completed by the directors of 
the theological seminary. It stood on the eastern corner of the town lot on 
which New Providence Presbyterian Church now stands. On such modest 
foundations as these, Isaac Anderson, at the age of thirty-nine years, be- 
gan on a larger scale the work of Christian education which at the age of 
twenty-two years, seventeen years earlier, he had begun by the establish- 
ment of Union Academy. And before he passed to his heavenly reward 
at the age of seventy-seven years, he had experienced the solid satisfaction 
of knowing that he had trained about two hundred young men for the 
Christian ministry. 

The Vision for Today. One hundred and six years have passed by since 
Dr. Anderson wrote out and presented to the Synod of Tennessee the con- 
stitution of the Southern and Western Theological Seminary. Watchman! 
what of the day? Watchman! what signs of progress are there? The reply 
comes promptly, full of encouragement and cheer: "The passing of a hun- 
dred years," says the watchman, "has not changed the high ambitions and 
the Christian spirit of Maryville." And it is true that, as Isaac Anderson 
stood in 1819, at the beginnings of Maryville, and longed and prayed to be 
able to contribute largely to the religious education of his generation, just so 
now, in 1925, the institution that he founded is more interested, if possible, 
than ever, in affording its constituency opportunities for the very best and 
most helpful training in religious education, with a view toward making still 
larger contributions to the needs of humanity and the glory of our Lord and 
of his church. And, in the spirit of Isaac Anderson of old, the Maryville of 
today would find its duty and cheer and inspiration in the kindly purpose and 
will of our God, as unmistakably stated by our Lord himself. As Dr. Ander- 
son found his cheer and the revelation of his duty in the words of Hosea and 
Malachi, prophets of old, so would the Maryville of today find its encour- 
agement and challenge in the words of our Lord himself as found in the text 
we announced as we began: "Jesus answered and said unto them: It is writ- 
ten in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God." 

Our Inspiring Theme: Universal Religious Education is the Will of God. 
These words of our Lord, fitting as they perfectly do, into the method of his 


ministry as the great Teacher, and into the philosophy of grace that he taught 
mankind, thrill us with a sense of the inexpressible glory of this eternal and 
sovereign purpose of our God. This is a great, a godlike task — the training 
of all ages and all peoples. Universal religious education is the declared sov- 
ereign policy of our Heavenly Father, even more inevitably than is popular 
secular education the purpose of our American democracy. "Thy will be 
done in earth as it is in heaven." That will is, in part, that every one of his 
created children shall know God and know the truth of God's religion, and 
be able to teach this divine learning to others. The theme or, as Dr. Ander- 
son's phrase is, the "doctrine" of this text is then: Universal religious edu- 
cation is the declared will of God. 

I. The Content of This Religious Education. The chief content of 
God's religious education of his children has always been the knowledge of 
God himself and of God's will. In the words of the catechism: "The Scrip- 
tures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God and what duty 
God requires of man." And God has employed his divine wisdom in im- 
planting these vital truths in the hearts of men. 

II. God Uses, in Effecting This Education, a Great Staff of Teach- 
ers. God is a Teacher of infinite resources; and all the best of his creation 
and inspiration he has enlisted in his educational work in our behalf. Teach- 
ers animate and teachers inanimate he has brought into his service ; teachers 
personal and impersonal; teachers individual and collective; teachers 
earthly and not earthly ; all these and more he has enlisted and certificated to 
serve us in bringing to pass our religious education. 

There Is the Universal Teacher, Nature. The natural sciences spell 
out marvelous revelations of God's infinite creative power and wisdom. The 
trinity of worlds — the optical world, which is seen by our unaided vision ; the 
telescopic world, which is revealed to us by the telescope; and the micro- 
scopic world, which is placed within the range of our sight by the lenses of 
the microscope — all this trinity of worlds testifies with ten thousand elo- 
quent tongues to our Creator's divine being, wisdom, and power. The birds 
and buds, the blue arch of heaven, the boundary circle of the horizon, the 
nature pulsating within us, and the nature glowing about us — all these and 
myriad others of nature's witnesses to Almighty God, both whisper and 
thunder to our souls their testimony to one and another of the fundamental 
truths of religious instruction. 

And the Infallible Teacher, the Bible. We need more than natural 
theology to guide our way through the mazes of human existence. And God 
recognized the imperative need and gave us his glorious revelation of him- 
self and of his saving grace, and of man's nature and needs. This revelation 


he made through his book, the Sacred Scriptures, that make us wise unto 
salvation. The nations of earth are learning the lessons of divine wisdom 
from this inspired book. Without the Bible, ignorance, vice, and paganism; 
with it, wisdom, morality, and Christianity. As Frederick W. Robertson 
says of the word of God: "This book has held spellbound the hearts of na- 
tions in a way in which no other single book has ever held men before. States 
have been founded on its principles. Men hold the Bible in their hands when 
they prepare to give solemn evidence affecting life, death, or property; its 
prayers and its psalms are the language which we use when we speak to God; 
eighteen centuries have found no holier, no diviner language; we feel the 
Bible to be, not a collection of books, but the Book." This book of God's is 
a mightier teacher than are all the books of man's production. From it men 
have learned the lessons of eternal life. 

Human Biography a Teacher. From the lives of the renowned men 
and women who appear in the Bible and throughout the ages of history, we 
learn the incarnated truths that could be but partially and imperfectly 
learned by any other method. Patriarchs, kings, prophets, apostles, and 
martyrs have taught the world how to live and how to die. Religion has be- 
come irresistible when thus clothed in the human experience of those whose 
worthy lives we respect and reverence and are constrained to imitate. 

Human History a Teacher. The history of the Christian religion is, 
frcm the standpoint of years, as yet but comparatively a brief one, but it is 
marvelously illuminating in portraying before us the divinely worked out 
elements of religious education. The hand of God in human history can be seen 
writing his decrees on every page. Human experiences reveal the overruling 
and controlling ascendency of God in the lives of men. The Gospels and the 
Acts of the Apostles are Sacred History, and God walks throughout these 
historic books ; but so does he walk in what, by a sad misnomer, we term 
"Profane "or "Secular" History. The fact is that we see even therein on every 
page the divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will. 

Our Lord Himself Our Greatest Teacher. In nature, where he is the 
Supreme Creator; in the Bible, where his red cord of sacrifice and dying love 
runs all the way from Genesis to the Revelation ; in human biography, where 
he is an understanding and sympathetic member of our family ; in human 
history, where he sits within the shadow, keeping watch above his own ; here 
and wherever he appears, our Lord is the greatest teacher there is in his 
great universe. Four simple gospels depict him as never elsewhere has any 
other one been depicted ; the Sermon on the Mount, with its Golden Rule 
and Lord's Prayer, reveals his unquestionable divinity; while the parables 
and miracles manifest his supreme leadership in religion. He taught others, 


lie has taught us; he will forever be the Supreme Teacher of the children of 

The Triune Teacher. Our Savior came as a messenger from the Father 
and taught us what the Father had commissioned him to speak. "As my 
Father hath taught me, I speak these things." "All things that I have heard 
of my Father I have made known unto you." And he said of the Holy 
Spirit: "The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send 
in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your re- 
membrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." And Paul says, "Ye your- 
selves are taught of God." Thus does the Triune Teacher, Father, Son, and 
Holy Spirit, fulfill the pledge of our text, "They shall be all taught of 

Christian Parents Are Teachers. In the old dispensation it was re- 
quired of parents that they should train their children in the true religion ; 
for wise is Solomon's proverb: "Train up a child in the way he should go; 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it." And in the new dispensation 
the command is: "Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord." The Hebrew law was: "Teach them thy sons and thy sons' sons." 
Isaiah, the prophet, cried: "The father to the children shall make known the 
truth." Joel said: "Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their 
children, and their children another generation. "And the psalmist sang: "The 
things which we have heard and known and our fathers have told us, we will 
not hide from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of 
Jehovah and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done." 
Parents are ordained of God as the teachers of the family; and millions of 
us owe most of what is worthy in us to the tutelage of our parents, who 
taught us the ways of life. 

Our Lord's Church Is a Teacher. The grandest mission ever commit- 
ted to human agency was that which our Lord entrusted to his disciples in 
the Great Commission: "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations — teaching 
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Of the 
apostolic church it was recorded: "Daily in the temple, and in every house, 
they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." Of Paul, such things as 
this were said: that he dwelt two years in Rome, under arrest, preaching the 
kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus 
Christ. The church is the inveterate foe of ignorance. The pulpit of evan- 
gelical Protestantism has been an efficacious means of universal education. 

The Schools of the Church Are Teachers. There have been organized 
as ancillary and auxiliary to the church such agencies of religious education 
as the Sabbath or Bible schools, the recently formed Vacation Bible schools, 


and the school annexes in which supplementary Biblical and religious in- 
struction is provided for the public schools. The work accomplished by such 
agencies in the past is beyond the estimate of earthly mathematics; only the 
heavenly mind can measure it. Men have sneered at the Sabbath school; 
but civilization, religion, law and order, and human happiness and welfare 
owe more to this much spoken-against organization than to the cavilling 
critics, were those critics multiplied a thousand times in number. And the 
outlook is hopeful that the Vacation Bible schools and the Annex schools 
and the like will contribute a notable service to the church and to the state 
and to the general interests of humanity. 

And Notably Are the Colleges of the Church Teachers. It is es- 
pecially gratifying and fitting that the colleges of the church of Christ 
should be making a notable contribution to the cause of religious education. 
The careful student of the signs of the times cannot but note as a significant 
indication of progress that there has been an almost inconceivable advance 
in the amount and character of the study of religion, of the Bible, of philan- 
thropy, and of related subjects during recent decades. A century ago there 
was almost certainly not so much of such studies in the colleges of the entire 
United States as there is in some cases now within the limits of a single State. 
True, some of this study is not all that it should be in spirit and method ; but 
much of it is excellent and much, we must believe, is superlatively good in its 
influence on the lives and constituencies that it affects. The increase in the 
provision of such courses of religious education has been advancing by leaps 
and bounds. It has come to pass that even institutions historically little 
concerned in such matters have felt constrained by public sentiment and the 
calls of their constituencies to provide courses in religious education, both 
as cultural and as vocational courses. And the work thus provided as a 
rule is as scholarly as any, and commands as much respect as do the other 
departments of instruction. This augurs well for the future of religion and 

III. God Has Used Our Own Alma Mater as a Teacher. As we have 
seen, the original reason for being, on the part of Maryville College, was 
that it should contribute to a serious need of what was then called "the great 
Southwest," — the need of religious education. The Southern and Western 
Theological Seminary had but one object, and that was to remove religious 
ignorance and to promote religious education. And it was markedly success- 
ful in realizing its great and generous purpose. To a degree that could hardly 
have been expected in view of the limited financial resources of the school, 
it succeeded, during the forty-two ante-bellum years, in training a large 
number of men for the gospel ministry. As already stated, there were about 
two hundred of these "sons of the prophets." 

Post-Bellum Religious Education at Maryville. When Professor 
Lamar and his colleagues, President and Professor Bartlett, revived the 
College after a sleep that threatened to be a sleep of death, they re-established 
it with the very same general purposes that Dr. Anderson had proposed at 
the genesis of the institution. They refounded it with the purpose of im- 
parting religious instruction and of training men and women to be leaders in 
the different forms of religious education. And they had the happiness of 
seeing most of their graduates engage in some form of religious or philan- 
thropic service. 

The Bible in the College. In 1888-18S9 the first required curriculum 
Bible study in the post-bellum College was conducted by the speaker; and 
from that time to the present all students have taken whatever amount of 
Bible study has been required. The great influence of the introduction of this 
Bible study in deepening and quickening the February Meetings and the 
general religious spirit of the College was widely remarked upon; while, on 
the other hand, the February Meetings contributed much interest and 
earnestness to the Bible courses. The reciprocal influence of Bible study and 
the February Meetings was very great and very helpful. 

The Bible Training Department. From 1891 to 1907, or for sixteen 
years, a common hour was set aside every week during which time all the 
professors and teachers conducted classes in the English Bible. In 1907, as 
the result partly of a contribution for current funds made by Mr. John C. 
Martin, of New York City, a Bible Training department was established, 
with two professors in charge: Rev. Clinton Hancock Gillingham, Old Testa- 
ment; and Rev. Hubert Samuel Lyle, New Testament. In 1909, two years 
later, Mr. Martin contributed $20,000 and the Directors set aside another 
$20,000, making $40,000 in all, as a partial endowment for this department. 

An Expanding Department. From the beginning, the Bible Training 
department has been both scholarly and reverent, and has commanded the 
respect of both faculty and students. Of late years there have been develop- 
ing in connection with the department a number of those courses of study 
that belong especially to what has come to be known of late as a Religious 
Education department. They have to do with the Principles and Practice of 
Religious Address and of Religious Education, and include a History of Re- 
ligious Education. Three professors have been conducting this department 
of Bible Training and what has been virtually a department of Religi )us 
Education. So efficient has the work been in these allied departments that 
the attention of college people in different parts of our country has been 
called to Maryville in this regard. Several institutions, after investigation, 
have adopted the general plan of our Bible Training department. And now 
this same reputation of Maryville's good work in this department has been 


the occasion, under Providence, of a generous and cheering offer of help 
towards the substantial enlargement of the department. 

The Recent Generous Pledge Toward a Religious Education De- 
partment. An earnest friend of the church and of Christian education, in 
furtherance of his deep desire to help forward the cause of Christ, not long 
since conceived the idea of making a substantial contribution toward the 
establishment or enlargement of departments of Religious Education in cer- 
tain sections where such departments would in all probability prove suc- 
cessful and especially useful. So he decided that he would contribute the 
sum of fifty thousand dollars to each of three colleges which were thoroughly 
committed to the policy of providing training in the Bible and in the vari )us 
forms of religious activities ; and that he would do this on the condition that 
the said institutions should secure for the department a total endowment, 
including his gift, of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. After looking 
the field over, he chose as beneficiaries to receive his offer, the following in- 
stitutions: In the West, Parsons College, of Fairfield, Iowa; In the South- 
west, Trinity University, of Waxahachie, Texas; and in the central South, 
our own Maryville College. Maryville was the first institution decided upon. 
Since Maryville already has a Bible Training endowment of forty-two 
thousand dollars, it will have to raise an additional fifty-eight thousand 
dollars in order to secure the fifty thousand dollars of the conditional pledge. 
Where this large sum is to come from, only God knows: but he knows, and 
we trust to his gracious providence to provide it. The realization of this 
large addition to Maryville's resources will strengthen it in one of the two 
or three points where additional facilities are especially needed. And thus 
will Maryville College approximate somewhat more closely its eager desire 
to be even yet more useful to the needy world. 

IV. The Outlook for Religious Education Is Optimistic. The Chris- 
tian world has been sorely tried in the experiences of the past few years. It 
would seem that darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. 
But God still has his inflexible purposes. As our Lord said in my text: "It is 
written in the prophets And they shall be all taught of God." The light of 
religious learning will ultimately dissipate the lowering clouds of darkness. 
We have good ground for enthusiasm and optimism in the present-day out- 
look and opportunities of religious education. Optimism belongs to the 
children of the day. The prophets tell of reinforcements of knowledge and 
wisdom for which God has provided. "The earth shall be full of the know- 
ledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." And the day of promise will 
come when "they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man 
his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for they shall all know me," says God, 
"from the least of them unto the greatest of them." And there are unmistak- 
able signs that God is enlisting more teachers than ever before in the task 


of bringing to pass the saying, "They shall be all taught of God" ; and, if so, 
there will be more religious education than ever, and so much the greater will 
be the resultant divine learning and wisdom that men shall enjoy. And since 
God's truths are the mightiest of transforming truths, the new heavens and 
the new earth that are promised will be realized the sooner. 

V. The Class of 1925 and the Cause of Religious Education. 

Members of the Class of 1925: This Baccalaureate Sabbath of yours has 
room in it for big thoughts and for great purposes. 

Thoughts of Gratitude to the Home Folks. You have thoughts today 
of gratitude to the home folks for what they have done to make it possible 
for you to belong to the happy aristocracy of college graduates. Other valu- 
able possessions may be lost, but the culture and enlarged ability and ex- 
alted ideals that are yours as the result of the work of the past college years 
are permanent acquisitions, non-forfeitable, and, as the lawyers say, they in- 
here in you in perpetuity. And your parents or other kindred or friends have 
helped make it possible for you to attain this to-be-envied vantage-ground 
that you have now reached. The home folks have been teachers themselves 
and have made possible many other teachers, and so have had much to 
do with giving you the education that is now your abiding riches. 

Thoughts of Gratitude to the Old College. You have thoughts to- 
day also of gratitude to the old College for what it has done to make possible 
your acquisition of that cherished college education. For four years the 
College has been a little cosmos to you, and you have found here the special 
departments of study and the general interests of life that have especially 
appealed to your respective personalities. The classrooms with their train- 
ing in philosophy, the languages, arts, and sciences; your own rooms that 
have been your home while you have been in College; the chapel with its as- 
sembly-room uses of so large a variety ; the departments of music, expression, 
and art allowing special development along those lines; the library, especi- 
ally of late, in its new and delightful quarters; the campus with its worthy 
buildings, its athletic fields, its forests evergreen and deciduous, and its carol- 
ing birds of autumn, winter, and spring; its gymnasiums and thrilling ath- 
letic contests; its forensics and its literary societies; its Christian organiza- 
tions and fellowship, its Vespers, and its incomparable Thursday morning 
addresses, and its immortal February Meetings; the social life of the College 
and its happy friendships ; the broad Americanism of the hill where the South, 
the North, the East, and the West meet in delightful brotherhood; the kind- 
liness and geniality of the people of Maryville and their manifest friendly 
relationship with student life, so different from the friction between "town" 
and "gown" that exists in many college towns — many of these and other 
college memories come to you on this last college Sabbath day and arouse in 


you a sense of real gratitude to Alma Mater and to Alma Mater's friendly 
environment. Blessings brighten as they take their flight — even college 
blessings ; and common experience shows that appreciation of them will be 
still further augmented by distance of place and time. 

The Best Way to Demonstrate Your Gratitude. Thus you are think- 
ing gratefully of the parents at the old home, and of the old college mother 
on the hill. Well, 'in no way, it seems to me, can you demonstrate your 
gratitude more unequivocally, or delight loving paternal and maternal hearts 
more completely than by conforming heartily to what we have seen is God's 
desire to teach us heavenly wisdom; that is, first, by getting heavenly wis- 
dom for ourselves; and, then, secondly, by imparting that wisdom to others, 
as it is evident God would have us do. 

First, Get Yet More Wisdom. Dr. Crothers, in counseling recent con- 
verts, uttered this very wise slogan to serve as their battle-cry : "Keep on 
keeping on." So in your Christian life, get more wisdom ; keep on keeping on 
in the pursuit of heavenly knowledge. "Wisdom is the principal thing; there- 
fore get wisdom, and with all thy getting, get understanding," and get still 
more of it. There is no limit to the amount of divine wisdom that is avail- 
able. "In Christ," said the Apostle Paul, "are hid all the treasures of wisdom 
and knowledge." Yours has been the happiest of fortunes thus far — the en- 
tering into wisdom's ways and the laying up in store of the teachings she 
has freely bestowed upon you through many teachers. Throughout life, add 
to your virtue, knowledge. The confines of the religious knowledge or educa- 
tion that is available to us are like the horizon or the rainbow ; thev always 
recede as we push forward toward them. There are yet many more worlds to 

Secondly, Impart Knowledge to Others. Demonstrate your grati- 
tude to your Great Teacher by imparting knowledge to others, and thus 
help forward the realization of God's cherished program of religious educa- 
tion for all. The majority of you are planning to be teachers. And while you 
are teachers of earthly knowledge, you can also be at the same time teachers 
of the divine wisdom that God wishes the world to have. Our Lord built the 
future of his kingdom on the twelve disciples — teachers he trained ; and then 
on the seventy teachers he sent forth; and then on the one hundred and 
twenty disciples in the upper chamber prayer-meeting ; and then on the five 
hundred who saw his theophany on the mount of Galilee. Your training as 
teachers of the public and private systems of education fits you to a remark- 
able degree to be also teachers of the moral and religious principles of the 
Christian faith. Thousands of American teachers are not merely recorded 
in the faculties of public and private schools, but also in the roster of the 
Great Teacher himself, as assistants of his, highly-prized of him and of his 


church. And hosts of those who have never entered the profession of teach- 
ing have, nevertheless, enlisted whole-heartedly in the number of those who 
are active teachers of all that is worthy and good in ethics and religion. 

Be Christian Pedagogues. May all of you, the more than fourscore 
members of the Class of 1925, belong to one or the other of these classes of 
Christian pedagogues. 

And Achieve a Multiplied Benediction "Through the Knowledge of 
Gcd. " And, finally, in every one of you, my young friends, may the Apostle's 
loving and confident benediction be fully realized : "Grace and peace be mul- 
tiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and our Savior Jesus Christ; 
according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto 
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory 
and virtue." Amen.