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James Dodson

A Christian family at mealtime.

A Christian family at mealtime.


“Contrary to good nurture is too much liberty: which oft bringeth much woe, and utter ruine upon children: it is the greatest enemy that can be of good education, and the nurse of all vice.”—William Gouge, Of Domesticall Duties. (1622) 

Works Relating to the Christian Family:


The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification.-1647-Westminster Assembly.-A series of directives issued by the Westminster Assembly on how to conduct family worship complete with a list of things to do and things to avoid.

Family Worship.-ca. 1740s-Philip Doddridge (1702-1751).-A letter to encourage the use of family worship together with the reasonableness of this practice for Christian families and warnings concerning its neglect.

Inattention to the Training Up of Children. in A Testimony and Warning Against Some Prevailing Sins and Immoralities: Addressed to Christians in General.-1805-Reformed Presbytery, of Scotland.-In this section of their Testimony, the Reformed Presbytery addresses the common neglect of proper religious instruction among the youth of the church and its detrimental effect.

Family Worship.-1827-J.H. Merle d’Aubigne (1794-1872).-A discourse delivered with the purpose of encouraging the maintenance of family religion together with some excellent directions for improving the growth of true religion in the family.

The Importance of Family Religion.-1840-Samuel Grover Winchester (1805-1841).-A thorough discussion of the relation of families to the interests of promoting the true religion.

A Sad But Instructive History.-ca. 1850s-William S. Plumer (1802-1880).-In this tract, Plumer examines the case of a covenant child gone bad and derives several lessons replete with warning to all children to heed the call and close with Christ.

Life Insurance.-1868-John Black Williams and Anonymous.-Two short pieces joined together in the pages of The Reformed Presbyterian and Covenanter magazine which defend the older position of eschewing life insurance against the charges and claims of proponents of life insurance. The arguments may be applied to all forms of insurance.

Secular Versus Christian Education.-1879-John McAuley.-A short article on the duty of the nation to see that education is conducted with submission to the principles of true religion and, conversely, the consequences of ignoring Christian principles in national education.

Family Religion.-1885-John L. Girardeau (1825-1898).-A warm warning of the danger of neglecting family religion with many practical pieces of advice for maintain family worship as a daily routine together with a careful regard for the religious instruction of children.

Family Worship a Term of Communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church.-1908-Robert James George (1844-1911).-An interesting defense of family worship being a term of communion amongst Reformed Presbyterians.

An Old-Fashioned Home.-1918-J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918).-A tract written to stress the importance of family piety and parental concern in the formation of children because it has eternal consequences for all.