March 16: Young Theologians

From a small collection of juvenile literature at the PCA Historical Center, the following artwork is from a Scottish publication titled THE MORNING WATCH, dated 1910. The caption reads:

“These young Scottish theologians are settling the point as to whether the Shorter Catechism says the Sum of the Ten Commandments is . . .  to love our NEIGHBOR, or, our NEIGHBORS. The upper boy says it’s the plural, the under says it’s the singular, each of them, especially the upper one, forgetting that the important thing in the sentence is not the letter S, but the word LOVE. But so did their fathers before them!


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  1. Phil Pockras’s avatar

    _The Morning Watch_ was a children’s paper entirely done, except for the illustrations, by the Rev. John Paterson Struthers, minister of the Greenock, Scotland, Reformed Presbyterian Church. I have some bound volumes of it that a Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland minister’s widow gave Judy & me in 1995 when I was pastoring the Dervock RPC in Northern Ireland for the summer.

    The lady who did all the illustrations ended up eventually becoming Mrs. Struthers.

    IF you can run across copies of _The Morning Watch_, hold onto them — unless they’re ones I don’t have. In such a case, sell ’em to me!

  2. Phil Pockras’s avatar

    Oh. And it’s “neighbour”. WSC #42. 🙂


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