Bible Study at Colleges.
At the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Church History, President Henry McCracken, of the New York University, in discussing "The Place of Church History in the College Course of Study," said that there were one hundred and fifty typical American colleges, leaving out Catholic and State colleges, and every one also that had less than fifty regular students. He found thirty per cent. of these teaching Bible history and the Bible. Eighteen per cent. taught church history proper in some forms; Harvard and Johns Hopkins as an occasional elective; Yale, Boston University, Haverford and New York University more often. Fifty per cent. of these colleges taught something of church history in connection with the study of evidences of Christianity. The speaker contrasted the English requirements with ours, showing the demands of the Oxford and Cambridge examinations. He presented the German Gymnasium as the best model. Before the student reaches Cicero and the Odyssey he has completed Bible history. In the next year he studies the ancient Church, in his last years the modern. He gives two hours weekly to the study. A recent visitor in Germany reports it among the most popular studies.