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To each section and chapter, a number of Questions have been added. These are not designed as aids for learning the text; but, as exercises for practice, after the text has been learned. They, therefore, sometimes involve inferences from the truths stated in the text, and at other times, the practical application of the doctrines taught, to the purposes and business of ordinary life.
As this work is designed for schools, it may not be amiss to suggest the method, in which, the author supposes it may be most successfully taught. He would advise, that, in general, the text
be given as a lesson by itself. After this has been learned, the succeeding lesson, may be, the questions which follow, with a review of the section to which they refer. In this manner, I think the pupil will be the most likely to exercise his own mind upon the subject, and will thus understand it better, and retain it more perfectly. It is of course understood, that these questions are but a specimen of those which might easily be raised from the subjects presented. A thoughtful instructor will derive great pleasure from adding to them from his own reflections. It will also be a useful exercise, for each pupil to furnish questions to be answered by the other members of the class. If the instructor feel disposed to examine more
fully for himself, the reasonings by which the doctrines in this work are supported, he will find them stated considerably at large, in the octavo work from which the present is abridged.
It deserves also to be remarked, that the end of the study of Moral Science is, to make men better. If in this respect it fail, it is at best useless. This should be continually borne in mind, by the instructor. Hence, his constant object should be, so to conduct the recitations on this subject, as to leave a moral impression on the mind of the student, to awaken in him a conviction of his own responsibility, and of his obligation to obey God, to create in him a love of virtue and a hatred of vice, and to teach him the blessings derived from self
government, purity of character, and undissembled piety. The instructor can derive no higher reward, than to witness such moral improvement, in the character of those committed to his charge.
With a sincere desire, that the present little work may be found useful, in enabling instructors thus to accomplish the highest purposes of their profession, it is committed to their hands, by the author.
BROWN UNIVERSITY, December, 1835.