Excerpt from The Value of the Study of Intellectual Philosophy to the Minister: An Essay, Read Before the Cambridge Association of Ministers, February 9, 1869
We must have a true mental science to prepare the way for a sound moral philosophy. Before we can establish the right... and true principle of conduct, we must comprehend the principles of thought. One should not undertake to teach others at large on matters of duty without °the aid of the science of mind. Of course much excellent moral instruction may be given by the parent or other guide, who is ignorant of philosophy. But a public teacher who offers to lead men into the whole field of the right, the good, and the true, is bound to acquaint himself, so far as he can, with the whole nature, intellectual as well as moral, of those he addresses. 'e may have the bigot, the dogmatist, the fanatic, and the errorist in many forms, in the pulpit, with out this broad training; and we have had them, and do have them in some quarters still. The church has no security against their intrusion short of a rigid mental culture and a thorough knowledge of the mind itself in its ministers.
We are to teach morals; and the first inquiry in moral science is for a sovereign practical principle of universal authority; one which shall comprehend all the maxims and all the motives of human action. To discover that principle, we must begin by being well grounded in that science which.
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