deny? We, ignorant of ourselves, Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers Deny us for our good; so find we profit By losing of our prayers.? See Thornton, Old Fashioned Ethics, 286-297. Per contra, see Galton, Inquiries into Human Faculty, 277-294.
3. To Christian activity.
Here the truth lies between the two extremes of quietism and naturalism.
(a) In opposition to the false abnegation of human reason and will, which quietism demands, we hold that God guides us, not by continual miracle, but by his natural providence and the energizing of our faculties by his Spirit. We then can rationally and freely do our own work and work out our own salvation.
Upham, Interior Life, 356, defines quietism as ?cessation of wandering thoughts and discursive imaginations, rest from irregular desires and affections and perfect submission of the will.? Its advocates, however, have often spoken of it as a giving up of our will and reason, and a swallowing up of these in the wisdom and will of God. This phraseology is misleading and savors of a pantheistic merging of man in God. Dorner: ?Quietism makes God a monarch without living subjects.? Certain English quietists, like the Mohammedans, will not employ physicians in sickness. They quote <141112>2 Chron. 11:12. 13 ? Asa ?sought not to Jehovah, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers.? They forget than the ?physicians? alluded to in Chronicles were probably heathen necromancers. Cromwell to his Ironsides: ?Trust God, and keep your powder dry.?
Providence does not exclude but rather implies the operation of natural law, by which we mean God?s regular way of working. It leaves no excuse for the sarcasm of Robert Browning?s Mr. Sludge the Medium, 223 ? ?Saved your precious self from what befell ?the thirty-three whom Providence forgot.? Schurman, Belief in God, 213 ? ?The temples were hung with the votive offerings of those only who had escaped drowning.? ?So like Provvy!? Bentham used to say, when anything particularly unseemly occurred in the way of natural catastrophe. God reveals himself in natural law. Physicians and medicine are his methods, as well as the impartation of faith and courage to the patient. The advocates of faith-cure should provide by faith that no believing Christian should die. With the apostolic miracles should go inspiration, as Edward Irving declared. ?Every man is as lazy as circumstances will admit.? We throw upon the shoulders of Providence the burdens, which belong to us to bear. ?Work
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