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Sermon #56: Religion and Eugenics AES Sermon Contest 1927, #6
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Sermon #56:  Religion and Eugenics AES Sermon Contest 1927, #6

[page heading] Eugenics - page #2 [end page heading] should look well to the germ plasm which is the greatest factor in determining the character of the generations yet unborn. Today, Science and Religion are becoming reconciled. Science has become the handmaid of Religion and unitedly they are walking in blessed fellowship, sharing each the others vision of a well born race; unitedly they are dreaming their dreams and formulating their plans for the production of a better race, - better physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually - than past generations have ever produced. It is not my purpose in this morning sermon to bring to you a scientific treatise upon Eugenics. That we leave to the Scientist, to the Biologist and the specialist in the field of Eugenics. It is my purpose, however, to take the findings of Science and united them with the teachings of Scripture in such a way that you will discover the harmony existing between Science and Religion, entertaining the hope that you will thereby become inspired to undertake a serious and constructive study of the Science of Eugenics which has as its supreme objective the production of a better race. The Bible is not a text-book on Eugenics, but it has much to say in regard to man's fourfold development. Take the Levitical code dealing with the laws of social purity, heredity, marriage, child-birth, education and environment. Take the story of the Christ Child who "advanced in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man". There He grew like some pure lily in an environment from which men expected no good thing to come forth. In the life of the Christ, heredity was stronger than

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