All Articles For Vol 40 Issue 13 4/1/1964

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FEDERAL AID TO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL  In a recent issue of Christianity Today two articles were printed on the subject of federal aid to education: one article supported such aid; the other article opposed it. Because of the importance of this question and its general interest for our readers, we shall summarize somewhat in detail the arguments both for and against.  Writing in favor of such federal aid is Lester DeKoster, director of libraries at Calvin College. 

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The Reformed Churches are rich in their liturgical heritage! This heritage, in distinction from that of many other churches, is not enveloped with numerous externals that only enhance superstition and contribute little or nothing at all to the true worship of God; but it is composed of a series of simple, well-written, doctrinal formularies that are invaluable aids in bringing out the significance of singular worship practices of the church. 

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We concluded our preceding article with the remark that what we had quoted of John Calvin from his “Institutes” in connection with his conception of the Lord’s Supper ought to be sufficient. However, while reading from this amazing work of the reformer of Geneva, I came upon certain remarks which I would like to pass on to our readers, in addition to what we quoted in our preceding article. All these quotations are from Book IV, Chapter XVII. 

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Here in these climes there are increasing evidences of the return of spring. In our complex life of today this has lost so much of its significance. In our pleasure-mad world the outlook of man is so different from what it was only a few generations ago. We live so far away from the soil today. That all our food is grown in the soil and comes to US directly or indirectly from that soil is to today’s child well nigh a revelation. Yet the fact remains that we, who have been created out of the dust of the earth,...

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He, that is, Dr. Gill, refers for proof to the text in Matthew 19:14, which speaks of Christ’s’ blessing the little children, and tries to show that there is no precept in these words for infant baptism whatsoever. His arguments are as follows:  1) “Let the words be said to or of whom they may, they are not in the form of a precept, but of a permission or grant, and signify not what was enjoined ‘as necessary, but what was allowed of, or which they might be.”

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