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Religious Education for a New Democracy

Eugene W. Lyman
The Journal of Religion
Vol. 3, No. 5 (Sep., 1923), pp. 449-457
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1195683
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Abstract

Our task is the achievement of a truly social democracy. Religion is a creative energy. In its great creative periods the Christian religion has been fruitful for democracy. Out of its spiritual values democracy has grown. The task of religious education is to make Christianity fully conscious of its democratic function. The masses of men must be made intelligent, socialized Christians. Premillenarianism is powerful: theological and social standpattism prevail in the churches-both hindrances to any Christian leadership in democracy. The most consciously social movements today are indifferent to Christianity. Religious education may meet the need. It is necessary, however, as preliminary steps, (1) to train the whole church to appreciate the new ideals of religious education and to co-operate in the task; (2) to interpret the Bible as a source of modern religion; (3) to integrate religious education with the whole community life and the church's world-wide task. Christianity, with its universal ethics and religious faith, if planted widely and deeply in the hearts of our youth by religious education, will prove itself once more the world's greatest creative force for democracy.

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