led him to ask an improper question instead of showing his passport and which saved the American cause, the unusually early commencement of cold weather, which frustrated the plans of Napoleon and destroyed his army in Russia and the fatal shot at Fort Sumter, which precipitated the war of secession and resulted in the abolition of American slavery. Nature is linked to history ? the breeze warps the course of the bullet, the worm perforates the plank of the ship. God must care for the least or he cannot care for the greatest.
?Large doors swing on small hinges.? The barking of a dog determined F.
W. Robertson to be a preacher rather than a soldier. Robert Browning, Mr. Sludge the Medium: ?We find great things are made of little things. And little things go lessening till at last Comes God behind them.? E. G. Robinson: ?We cannot suppose only a general outline to have been in the mind of God, while the filling up is left to be done in some other way. The general includes the special.? Dr. Lloyd, one of the Oxford Professors, said to Pusey, ?I wish you would learn something about those German critics.? ?In the obedient spirit of those times,? writes Pusey, ?I set my self at once to learn German and I went to Gottingen, to study at once the language and the theology. My life turned on that hint of Dr. Lloyd?s.?
Goldwin Smith: ?Had a bullet entered the brain of Cromwell or of William III in his first battle or had Gustavus not fallen at Lutzen, the course of history apparently would have been changed, if there had not been a Newton and a Darwin.? The annexation of Corsica to France gave to France a Napoleon and to Europe a conqueror. Martineau, Seat of Authority, 101 ? ?Had the monastery at Erfurt deputed another than young Luther on its errand to paganized Rome or had Leo X sent a less scandalous agent than Tetzel on his business to Germany, the seeds of the Reformation might have fallen by the wayside where they had no deepness of earth and the Western revolt of the human mind might have taken another date and form.? See Appleton, Works, 1:149 sq .; Lecky, England in the Eighteenth Century, chap. I.
(b) The love of God, which prompts a general care for the universe, must also prompt a particular care for the smallest events, which affect the happiness of his creatures. It belongs to love to regard nothing as trifling or beneath its notice, which has to do with the interests of the object of its affection. Infinite love may therefore be expected to provide for all, even the minutest things in the creation. Without belief in this particular care, men cannot long believe in God?s general care. Faith in a particular providence is indispensable to the very existence of practical religion for
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