Religious Education in the Family

Henry F. Cope
Religious Education in the

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Title: Religious Education in the Family
Author: Henry F. Cope

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General Secretary of the Religious Education Association

The University of Chicago Press Chicago, Illinois Copyright 1915 by
The University of Chicago All Rights Reserved Published April 1915
Second Impression September 1915 Third Impression March 1916
Fourth Impression June 1917 Fifth Impression August 1920 Sixth
Impression July 1922 Seventh Impression September 1922 Composed
and Printed By The University of Chicago Press Chicago, Illinois,
The University of Chicago Press Chicago, Illinois
The Baker and Taylor Company New York
The Cambridge University Press London
The Maruzen-Kabushiki-Kaisha Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka,
The Mission Book Company Shanghai

In the work of religious education, with which the present series of
books is concerned, the life of the family rightly occupies a central
place. The church has always realized its duty to exhort parents to bring
up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but very
little has ever been done to enable parents to study systematically and
scientifically the problem of religious education in the family. Today
parents' classes are being formed in many churches; Christian

Associations, women's clubs, and institutes are studying the subject;
individual parents are becoming more and more interested in the
rational performance of their high duties. And there is a general desire
for guidance. As the full bibliography at the end of this volume and the
references in connection with each chapter indicate, there is available a
very large literature dealing with the various elements of the problem.
But a guidebook to organize all this material and to stimulate
independent thought and endeavor is desirable.
To afford this guidance the present volume has been prepared. It is
equally adapted for the thoughtful study of the father and mother who
are seeking help in the moral and religious development of their own
family, and for classes in churches, institutes, and neighborhoods,
where the important problems of the family are to be studied and
discussed. It would be well to begin the use of the book by reading the
suggestions for class work at the end of the volume.
With a confident hope that religion in the family is not to be a wistful
memory of the past but a most vital force in the making of the better
day that is coming, this volume is offered as a contribution and a
The Editors
New Year's Day, 1915

I. An Interpretation of the Family 1
II. The Present Status of Family Life 10
III. The Permanent Elements in Family Life 27
IV. The Religious Place of the Family 37

V. The Meaning Of Religious Education in the Family 46
VI. The Child's Religious Ideas 60
VII. Directed Activity 75
VIII. The Home as a School 87
IX. The Child's Ideal Life 101
X. Stories and Reading 110
XI. The Use of the Bible in the Home 119
XII. Family Worship 126
XIII. Sunday in the Home 145
XIV. The Ministry of the Table 164
XV. The Boy and Girl in the Family 173
XVI. The Needs of Youth 183
XVII. The Family and the Church 198
XVIII. Children and the School 212
XIX. Dealing with Moral Crises 218
XX. Dealing with Moral Crises (Continued) 231
XXI. Dealing with Moral Crises (Continued) 240
XXII. Dealing with Moral Crises (Concluded) 249
XXIII. The Personal Factors in Religious Education 259
XXIV. Looking to the Future 268

Suggestions for Class Work 281
A Book List 290
Index 297
The ills of the modern home are symptomatic. Divorce, childless
families, irreverent children, and the decadence of the old type of
separate home life are signs of forgotten ideals, lost motives, and
insufficient purposes. Where the home is only an opportunity for
self-indulgence, it easily becomes a cheap boarding-house, a
sleeping-shelf, an implement for social advantage. While it is true that
general economic developments have effected marked changes in
domestic economy, the happiness and efficiency of the family do not
depend wholly on the parlor, the kitchen, or
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