The Christian Home
Advice for Maintaining Religion in the Family
Originally published in 1859, we have 1 copy of this valuable reprint.
The Christian family is, or should be, the very type of heaven. To promote religion in the family, therefore, is to minister to the highest joys available to us; to add the crown of grace to that which is loveliest in nature, and to exalt and ennoble with heaven’s own likeness the fairest scenes of earth. More than this, it is to promote religion in every sphere and relation of life; for the family is the basis of the social fabric, the foundation of the state, the empire, and the race.
All will perceive that if the living streams of humanity are to be purified and made better, we can nowhere begin more appropriately than at these their fountains. It is necessary, in order to a proper understanding of our subject, and a correct estimate of its magnitude, that we consider the foundation, nature, and importance of the family constitution.
About the Author
Joseph Avery Collier (1828-1864) was a minister of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church. He was a graduate of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N. J. and then from the theological seminary of the Reformed Dutch Church in that same city. Collier was a clear, methodical, persuasive, and eloquent preacher. His literary attainments were unusually large and entirely consecrated to his ministry. As a preacher to children and the young men he is entitled to the first rank.
His writings were: The Right Way, or the Gospel applied to the Intercourse of Individuals and Nations; The Christian Home, or Religion in the Family; The Young Man of the Bible; Little Crowns and how to Coin them; Pleasant Paths for little Feet; The Dawn of Heaven, or the Principles of the heavenly Life applied to the Earthly, in the which is included a brief biographical sketch of Collier by his brother, Rev. Ezra W. Collier.