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MANUAL OF INSTRUCTIONS
BURNS AND LAMBERT, 17 & 18 PORTMAN STREET,
AND 63 PATERNOSTER ROW.
THIS little volume was called into existence from the real want that was felt for something of the kind. Those engaged in the instruction of schools, and still more in the preparation of school-teachers, have made frequent complaints that they could find no book of religious instruction suited to their purpose. To meet this want, three priests, themselves engaged in the work of education, spared what time they could from their other avocations, and prepared the present course of Instructions on Christian Doctrine.
While there are some obvious disadvantages in a book having more authors than one, yet in a work of this sort there are also some special advantages. For it is less important that a course of instructions should be uniform in style than that it should be accurate in matter; and it is a considerable help towards insuring accuracy, and avoiding important omissions, that it should have been subjected to the suggestions and criticisms of two or three persons. If, too, students are to learn a knowledge of doctrine from one book, it may be a positive advantage that their minds should not be cramped by following one writer exclusively in his style and method of treatment.
It may be added, that as the object aimed at has been to provide a book of instruction fitted for general use, the writers have been careful to avoid all mere theories and speculations, and in every case to rest their statements on the authority of approved theologians.