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FARADAY 349

Take this, moreover, as indicative of his love for N a-
ture :

“ After writing, I walk out in the evening hand-in-hand
with my dear wife to enjoy the sunset ; for to me who love
scenery, of all that I have seen or can see there is none
surpasses that of heaven. A glorious sunset brings with it
a thousand thoughts that delight me.”

Of the numberless lights thrown upon him by the “ Life
and Letters,” some fall upon his religion. In a letter to a
lady he describes himself as belonging a “ a very small and
despised sect of Christians, known, if known at all, as San-
demanz'ans, and our hope is founded on the faith that is in
Christ.” He adds: “I do not think it at all necessary to
tie the study of the natural sciences and religion together,
and in my intercourse with my fellow-creatures, that which
is religious, and that which is philosophical, have ever been
two distinct things.” He saw clearly the danger of quit-
ting his moorings, and his science became the safeguard
of his particular faith. For his investigations so filled his
mind as to leave no room for skeptical questionings, thus
shielding from the assaults of philosophy the creed of his
youth. His religion Was constitutional and hereditary. It
was implied in the eddies of his blood and in the tremors
of his brain; and however its outward and visible form
might ‘have changed, Faraday would still have possessed
its elemental constituents—awe, reverence, truth, and love.

It is worth inquiring how so profoundly religious a mind,
and so great a teacher, would be likely to regard our pres-
ent discussions on the subject of education. Faraday
would be a “ secularist” were he now alive. He had no
sympathy with those who contemn knowledge unless it be
accompanied by dogma. A lecture delivered before the
City Philosophical Society in 1818, when he was twenty-
six years of age, expresses the Views regarding education
which he entertained to the end of his life. “ First, then,”

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