1585: Extracts from the Statutes of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
It is an ancient institution in the Church, and a tradition from the earliest times, that schools and colleges be founded for the education of young men in all piety and good learning and especially in Holy Writ and theology, that being thus instructed they may thereafter teach true and pure religion, refute all errors and heresies and by the shining example of a blameless life excite all men to virtue. For thus we read in the sacred history that the sons of the prophets at Naioth, Gilgal, Bethel and Jericho were brought up by those great and famous prophets Samuel, Elijah and Elisha to preach the name of God and instruct the people in true religion. And it is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles that at Jerusalem there were many synagogues, belonging nigh one to every nation, to which there flowed together men from almost every part of the world as to some mart of religion and learning and virtue, among whom Saul of Tarsus (that was afterward called Paul), a most chosen instrument of the Lord and the teacher of the Gentiles, is said to have sat at the feet of the reverend Gamaliel. For men that were inspired by the divine prompting of the spirit did understand that the light of the Gospel could not be spread abroad to all posterity to the glory of God and to the salvation of men but there were created and decked out in his church.
KeywordsTrue Religion Choose Instrument Church College Ancient Institution Holy Writ
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