Questions for the Use of Students
THE COUNTRY OF MANSOUL
THE PERILS OF MANSOUL
- Who is to blame for these perils?
- What effect has sloth upon Mansoul?
- What are the causes of fire?
- How may plague, flood, and famine be brought about?
- What are the consequences of discord?
- How does darkness arise in Mansoul?
- Can it be prevented?
- On what condition do things go well in Mansoul?
THE GOVERNMENT OF MANSOUL
- Why is being born like coming into a great estate?
- What do we mean by the government of Mansoul?
- Name some of the officers of state.
- Name the Chambers in which these 'sit.'
- Are these parts of a person?
PART I THE HOUSE OF BODY
THE ESQUIRES OF THE BODY: HUNGER
- What is the work of the appetites?
- When does an appetite become a danger?
- How does hunger behave?
- Distinguish between hunger and gluttony.
- How is greediness to be avoided?
THE ESQUIRES OF THE BODY: THIRST
- Why are we thirsty? What drink does thirst require?
- What are some effects of drunkenness?
- What is the principle on which persons abstain?
THE ESQUIRES OF THE BODY: RESTLESSNESS AND REST
- What is the use of restlessness?
- Wherein lies the danger?
- Show that rest and work should alternate.
- When does rest become sloth?
THE ESQUIRES OF THE BODY: CHASTITY
- How would you teach a child to rule his appetites?
- How would you use the tree of knowledge of good and evil to give the idea of chastity?
- How would you explain, "Blessed are the pure in heart"?
- What heroic motive for purity would you give children?
- Where does slavery to an appetite begin?
- How would you rule the thoughts?
THE PAGES OF THE BODY: THE FIVE SENSES
- What two errors are possible to each of the senses?
- What are the uses and what the danger of the sense of taste?
- Show that we fail to get full use and full pleasure out of the sense of smell.
- What practice in catching odours would you give children?
- What manner of knowledge do we obtain by touch?
- Show by the 'touch of the blind,' a 'kind touch,' etc., that the sense of touch may be cultivated.
- What practice would you recommend?
- Why is it good to have little things to put up with?
- Show that sight brings half our joy.
- How may we learn to see more?
- What joy and what knowledge should we get from a sense of hearing?
- How may a good ear for music be acquired?
PART II THE HOUSE OF MIND
- Show that our way of speaking of 'ourselves' is like saying 'the sun rises.'
- Upon what does self-reverence depend?
- Show that self-knowledge must go before self-reverence.
- And that we must know ourselves before we can control ourselves.
MY LORD INTELLECT
- What is the function of 'intellect' ?
- Show that science is an immense and joyous realm.
- How is imagination serviceable in science?
- Compare history with the shows of a kinetoscope.
- How does history enable us to live in a large world?
- How are we making history?
- Show that imagination is necessary to the realising of history.
- What intellectual power is especially employed in mathematics?
- Why are mathematics delightful?
- Why is philosophy a necessary study?
- What are some of the advantages of a knowledge of literature?
- What powers of the mind go to the study of literature?
- Give three tests by which literature may be discerned.
- What are some of the uses of the aesthetic sense?
- How may we distinguish between art and simulated art?
- How may the intellectual life be promoted?
- In what ways may it be extinguished?
THE DAEMONS OF INTELLECT
- What effect has inertia upon the intellectual life?
- Why may we not stay in one field of thought?
- What do you understand by a magnanimous mind?
MY LORD CHIEF EXPLORER, IMAGINATION
- Describe the functions of imagination.
- What effect has cultivation upon the imagination?
- In what two regions is imagination forbidden to work?
- How may self be exorcised from the imagination?
- What imaginings are especially to be avoided?
- How may wrong imaginings be hindered?
THE BEAUTY SENSE
- Show that exclusiveness is a temptation to persons who enjoy beauty.
- What error does the devotee of beauty make?
- Show that the beauty sense opens a paradise of pleasure.
MY LORD CHIEF ATTORNEY-GENERAL, REASON
- Compare the behaviour of reason with that of an advocate.
- Suggest the courses of reasoning which may have brought any two persons, Wycliffe and Wickham, for example, to different conclusions.
- Trace the conceivable course of reasoning of any philanthropist.
- Show the part of reason in all good works and great inventions.
- What is meant by common sense?
- Try to recover the train of reasoning of the man who first made a barrow.
- How is it that men have come to deify reason?
- Explain why equally good and sensible persons come to opposite conclusions.
- How does this prove that reason may bring us to mistaken conclusions?
- Show that an error of thought may lead to crime.
- Why is reason almost infallible in mathematics?
- Show that the power of reasoning is a trust to be used to good purpose.
- Show that reason works out a notion received by the will.
- Account for the fact that there are different schools of philosophy.
- What practice in reasoning would you advise for children?
THE LORDS OF THE EXCHEQUER, THE DESIRES (Part I.)
- Compare the work of the desires with that of the appetites.
- How does the desire of approbation serve a man?
- Show that vanity may play the part of a mischievous daemon in our lives.
- Show that the desires of infamy and of fame come from the same source.
- How does the desire of excelling work with a hockeyplayer, for example?
- Show how this desire serves the man.
- Show that emulation may have mischievous results in education.
- Show the danger of emulation in things unworthy.
- How does the desire of wealth serve mankind?
- What are the risks attending this desire?
- How may the desire for worthless possessions be counteracted?
- Show that ambition is a serviceable desire.
- What dangers attend the desire to rule?
- Show that 'managing' people are injurious to those about them.
THE LORDS OF THE EXCHEQUER, THE DESIRES (Part II.)
- Show that the desire of society influences all sane persons.
- What gain to the mind should come from society?
- But upon what conditions?
- Show that the society of every good person is an opportunity.
- What two dangers attend the love of society?
- Show that we lose by cultivating only the society of our own set or sort.
- Which of the desires is to the mind as hunger is to the body?
- Distinguish between the desire of knowledge and what is commonly called curiosity.
- Show that it is upon the knowledge of great matters the mind feeds and grows.
- Show that the love of knowledge may be extinguished by emulation.
- What have you to say about 'marks' and 'places' in this connection?
- How should we be influenced by the fact that all 'normal' persons have powers of mind?
- Show that the duty of ordering our thoughts arises from the possession of these intellectual powers.
PART III THE HOUSE OF HEART
LORDS OF THE HEART: I. LOVE
THE WAYS OF LOVE
- What are the two affections?
- Mention some of the ways in which love shows itself.
- Have we any evidence of how much love is possible to a human being?
- Why is self-love necessary?
- When is love a counterfeit?
- Describe another form of counterfeit love.
- Name four tests by which love may be recognised.
- What is the apostolic rule on this subject?
- Of what feelings opposed to love are we capable?
- What is the one petition in the Lord's Prayer to which a condition is attached?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAlTING: PITY
- Show that there is pity in every heart.
- Name a few knights and ladies of pity.
- Show that 'a feeling heart' is a snare.
- Name a few causes sufficient to excite self-pity.
- Show the danger of this habit.
- In what two ways may we defend ourselves from this danger?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: BENEVOLENCE
- When is a person benevolent?
- Why is hearty liking for all persons possible?
- Show that his faults are not the whole of a person.
- How does the recognition of this fact work?
- Distinguish between goodwill and good-nature in dealing with other persons.
- Characterise 'benevolence.'
- Name half a dozen of the foes of goodwill, and show how they act.
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: SYMPATHY
- Show that sympathy with one should be a key to all.
- How should this fact affect our dealings with persons we suppose to be on a different intellectual level?
- How is it that poets, painters, and the like raise the rest of the world?
- On what condition is our sympathy helpful?
- What are the mischievous effects of a spurious sympathy?
- Show that tact is an expression of sympathy.
- Show that egotism destroys sympathy.
- What are the active and the passive manifestations of egotism?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: KINDNESS
- What is the office of kindness?
- Comment upon the kindness of courtesy.
- Show that there can be no kindness without simplicity.
- Comment upon a movement to make children kind.
- What is the most generous kindness of all?
- Show that the opposite behaviour is one of the chief causes of unhappiness in the world.
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: GENEROSITY
- Show that generous impulses are common to all the world.
- Show that generosity is impatient of cheap cynicism and of worldly wisdom.
- Show that generosity is costly but also remunerative.
- Show that the interests of the generous heart are duly distributed.
- Name a few fallacious notions that restrain generosity.
- What is the rule of life of the generous person?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: GRATITUDE
- Why is gratitude a joy-giving emotion?
- How do we come to miss the joy of being grateful?
- What two courses are open to the receiver of small kindnesses?
- Why does a grateful heart always make a full return ?
- How may we escape the reproach of ingratitude?
- Do we owe gratitude to those only who are present and living?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: COURAGE
- Show that we all have the courage of attack.
- What are the 'daemons' that suppress courage?
- Show that we all have the courage of endurance.
- That panic, anxiety, and shameful fear are possible to us all.
- Show that the assurance of courage gives us the courage of serenity.
- Show that we have the courage of our affairs, and need not be anxious.
- Show that we fail if we have not the courage of our opinions.
- How shall we make sure of our opinions?
- Discuss the courage of frankness.
- How far may we practise reticence?
- Show that we are called upon for the courage of reproof.
- And for the courage of confession.
- What limits should we set to our confessions?
- How does the courage of our capacity serve us?
- Show that intellectual panic is responsible for many failures.
- What do you understand by the courage of opportunity?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: LOYALTY
- Why should youth be the age of loyalty?
- What is the test of loyalty?
- Show that our loyalties are prepared for us.
- What have you to say of loyalty to our king?
- Of loyalty to our own?
- What would you say of persons who choose to bestow their loyalty upon aliens and the like?
- Show that public opinion is responsible for anarchy.
- What does loyalty to our country demand of us?
- How shall we become ready to meet these demands?
- What service of loyalty does our country ask of us?
- Show that loyalty to a chief is the secret of "dignified obedience and proud submission."
- Show what loyalty to personal ties demands of us.
- Show that steadfastness is of the essence of all loyalty.
- Are all our loyalties due for life?
- When it is necessary to give up a chief or a dependent, how should the breach be made?
- Show that thoroughness is of the nature of loyalty.
- Describe the loyalty we owe to our principles.
- What are the tempers alien to loyalty ?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: HUMILITY
- Show that 'pride of life' is the deadliest of our perils.
- What are the two types of humility we have?
- How do we travesty the grace of humility?
- Why is humility rarely coveted as a Christian grace?
- Show that resentful tempers are due to self-exaltation.
- Show that humility is one with simplicity.
- When do we fall from humility?
- Why may we not try to be humble?
LOVE'S LORDS IN WAITING: GLADNESS
- Why is it inexcusable in us not to be glad?
- Show that gladness springs in sorrow and pain.
- Show that gladness is catching.
- That gladness is perennial.
- Why, then, are people gloomy and irresponsive?
- Show that gladness is a duty.
LORDS OF THE HEART: II. JUSTICE
- Show that we must know the functions of love and justice.
- Why does a cry for fair play reach everybody?
- What dispositions must we show (a) in word, (b) in thought, (c) in act, in order to be just?
- In what respects do we owe justice to all other persons?
- How may we ascertain the just dues of other persons?
- What should encourage us in our efforts?
- What is the demand of justice with regard to our own rights?
JUSTICE TO THE PERSONS OF OTHERS
- Show that we begin to understand the duty of justice to the persons of others.
- Show that to think fairly requires knowledge and consideration.
- In what sense does ungentleness inflict bodily injury?
- Why is courtesy a matter of justice?
- Show that we are not free to think hard things about others.
- Show that we must be just to the characters of others.
- What quality enables us to be just in this sense?
- How does prejudice interfere with justice?
- Show that respect is justly due to all men.
- What defect in ourselves interferes with the respect we owe?
- Show that respect must be balanced by discernment.
- How does appreciation fulfil the dues of justice?
- Why is depreciation unjust?
TRUTH: JUSTICE IN WORD
- Name a sign by which we may discern truth.
- Describe Botticelli's 'Calumny.'
- What instruction does the picture offer?
- How does Wesley distinguish between lying and slandering?
- How was envy regarded in the Middle Ages?
- Show the danger of calumnious hearing and calumnious reading.
- What misfortune has befallen the fanatic?
- How does Bacon describe 'the sovereign good'?
- What is veracity?
- Show the error of qualified statements.
- Show that scrupulosity is not veracity.
- That exaggeration is mischievous as well as foolish.
- Why is it not truthful to generalise upon one or two instances?
- What temptations attend the desire to make a good story?
- Distinguish between essential and accidental truth.
- Show the value of fiction in this respect.
- Show that fiction affects our enthusiasms, and even our religion.
- Distinguish in some Bible stories between accidental and essential truth.
- Which of the two is of vital consequence to us, and why?
SOME CAUSES OF LYING
- How would you characterise lies told to lower another in the esteem of his friends?
- Comment upon cowardly lies.
- Show that the habit of reserve is akin to the lie of concealment.
- Show the folly of boastful lies.
- Show the danger of indulging in romancing lies
- Show that we owe truth to our opponents.
- What four qualities sustain truth?
INTEGRITY: JUSTICE IN ACTION
- Show that a 'ca' canny' policy is dishonest.
- By what standard is the work of every person judged?
- In what sense are we all paid laborers?
- Show that integrity of character is of slow growth.
- Why is 'Do ye nexte thynge' a part of integrity?
- Why does it belong to integrity to do the chief thing first?
- And also to finish that which we have begun?
- Show that drifters and dawdlers fail in integrity.
- That the person who cribs time also fails.
- Show the importance of integrity in the use of material.
- How does this principle apply to small debts?
- And to bargains?
- And to the care of our neighbours' property?
OPINIONS: JUSTICE IN THOUGHT
- Give examples of opinions that are of no value for three different reasons.
- When is an opinion of value?
- Why need we have opinions at all?
- Distinguish between a faddist and a reformer.
- Mention a few matters upon which we must form opinions.
- Why should we be at pains to form opinions about books?
- What sort of books are of lasting value to us, and why?
- Give half a dozen counsels with regard to forming opinions.
PRINCIPLES: JUSTICE IN MOTIVE
- Why are our 'principles' so called?
- Show that principles may be bad or good.
- How are we to distinguish between bad and good principles?
- Our principles are our masters.' What is our duty with regard to them?
SELF-ORDERING: JUSTICE TO OURSELVES
- What is our duty towards our bodies?
- Indicate several ways of being intemperate.
- Show that soberness includes more than abstinence from drink.
- What habit leads to the four kinds of physical vice?
- What changes mark the parting of the ways?
- Why does the drunkard drink?
- Indicate his fate.
- In what sense may we say that God puts us 'en parole' in the matter of self-indulgence?
- Show that excitement is a kind of intoxication.
- Show that gluttony is as offensive as drunkenness.
- Show how interests in life are a safeguard against offences.
- What is a common symptom of slothfulness, and what is the cure?
- Of the four roads to ruin, which is the worst?
- What caution and what command should help to safeguard us?
- What do boy and girl alike desire about the work they will have to do?
- How is it possible to prepare for our calling when we do not know what it will be?
- How may we get the habit of being of use?
- Show how the law of habit may help us or hinder us.
- Our calling comes to each of us. What must we do towards it?
- How is the body sustained, and how ruined?
- With what powers fitted to deal with knowledge is the mind endowed?
- What functions serve the same purpose for the mind as do the appetites for the body?
- Name some of the virtues which belong to love, and some of those which belong to justice.
- What virtues include the justice we owe to our own bodies?
- Why are body, heart, and mind in need of government?
- What are the governing powers?
PART I CONSCIENCE
SECTION I. CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY
THE COURT OF APPEAL
- In what ways may conscience be figured by a judge in a court of law?
- To what two or three facts does conscience continually bear witness?
- Why is it possible for conscience to give wrong judgments?
- What advocate is employed to tamper with conscience?
- Why is it necessary that conscience should be instructed?
THE INSTRUCTION OF CONSCIENCE
- Upon what teachers does conscience depend for instruction?
- Account for the value of the teaching given by history and biography.
- For the peculiar value of the Bible as our instructor in morals.
- How does poetry teach us?
- Why is the teaching of the older novelists and dramatists to be preferred?
THE RULINGS OF CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY: TEMPERANCE
- Give two or three examples from literature of intemperance in eating.
- In drinking.
- In taking our ease.
- In day-dreaming.
- What is Carlyle's counsel about work?
- What principle underlies temperance?
- Why may we not be solicitous about health?
- Show that neglect, also, of the physical nature arises from intemperance.
- Give a few rules for the ordering of our physical life.
- Why is it necessary to have clear principles as to our duty in this matter?
THE RULINGS OF CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY: CHASTITY (Part I)
- How do over-fond friendships affect chastity of soul?
- 'Yet how have I transgressed?' What lesson for our own lives does this question of the King (Edward II.) bring home?
- Why are we not free to give ourselves without reserve?
THE RULINGS OF CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY: CHASTITY (Part II.)
- Cite some examples of sane and generous friendships.
- What rules for self-government may we deduce in each case?
- What two classes of friends claim our loyalty?
THE RULINGS OF CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY: THE FINAL UNCHASTITY
- Show the effect of dalliance in devious ways.
- What habit prepares the way?
- With what monster of our nature must we dread to be at death-grapple?
- Where does safety lie?
- How may we keep 'a virgin heart in work and will'?
THE RULINGS OF CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY: FORTITUDE
- Describe Botticelli's 'Fortitude.'
- Name some points in which Isaiah sets forth an image of fortitude.
- From two or three examples show that there is an element of tenderness in fortitude.
- Show that Sir Kenneth in The Talisman offers an example of fortitude.
- Give an example of fortitude under vexatious provocations.
- Of cheerful, serviceable fortitude.
- What of the 'black ribbon' when things go wrong?
- Show that fortitude belongs to the body.
- What is the apostolic injunction as to fortitude?
THE RULINGS OF CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF BODY: PRUDENCE
- Illustrate the fact that 'imprudence is selfishness.'
- Show that prudence is necessary in our affairs.
- In the choice of our friends.
- How does prudence act with regard to undue influence?
- Show that prudence prefers simplicity to luxury.
- That prudent citizens are the wealth of the state.
- What does the simplicity of prudence allow us in our surroundings?
- 'My servant shall deal prudently.' How was this fulfilled?
SECTION II. CONSCIENCE IN THE HOUSE OF MIND
OPINIONS 'IN THE AIR'
- What part of our living do we emancipate from the judgment of conscience?
- Show the danger of casual opinions.
- How does a fallacy work?
- Give four rules that should help us in this matter of opinions.
THE UNINSTRUCTED CONSCIENCE
- Show that, in everyone, conscience is persistent upon some points.
- How do you account for moral instability, and by whom is it shown?
- Show, by example, that a nation may be unstable.
- Illustrate the danger of a besetting idea.
- Indicate some of the perils of moral ignorance.
- Show that undue scrupulosity is an outcome of ignorance.
- What moral advantage, exactly, has the instructed over the uninstructed conscience?
THE INSTRUCTED CONSCIENCE
- Show, by some examples, that sound moral judgment is a valuable asset.
- Distinguish between the power to form moral judgments and the power to live a virtuous life.
- How are we to get the former power?
SOME INSTRUCTORS OF CONSCIENCE: POETRY, NOVELS, ESSAYS
- Show that the power of poetry to instruct conscience does not depend on its direct teaching.
- Indicate the gradual way in which Shakespeare influences us.
- To what purpose should we read novels, and what sort of novels should we read?
- Why should essays be studied for instruction?
SOME INSTRUCTORS OF CONSCIENCE: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
- Why does history make great claims upon us at the present time?
- Distinguish between the informed and the ignorant patriot.
- Illustrate the need there is for some study of philosophy.
- By what means should we reach our convictions?
- Illustrate, by the behaviour of Columbus.
- How may we distinguish a 'message' from a fanatical notion?
- Give one secret of safety in matters of philosophy.
SOME INSTRUCTORS OF CONSCIENCE: THEOLOGY
- Most people 'live a poor, maimed life.' Why?
- Contrast our Lord's method of teaching with all usual methods.
- Account for the fact that our Lord's sayings are 'hard' intellectually as well as morally.
- 'They sit in darkness.' Who sit thus, and wherefore?
- Where is the harm of occupying our minds about questions of criticism?
- Have we any indications that we are declining from the knowledge of God?
- What is the one vital question for us all?
- When are the little religious books we use unwholesome?
- What should we bear in mind regarding the authors of the Scriptures?
- What may we look for in the lives of men as told in the Bible?
- Show that the revelation contained in the Bible is unique.
- What two laws would appear to regulate the revelations given to the world?
- What reflections should safeguard us from the 'Lo, here!' of each new religion?
- What is our hope of distinguishing between the merely human and the inspired elements in the Bible?
- How may we discern the essential truth in Bible narratives?
- Show that the disregard of life which shocks us in some of these is paralleled in our own day.
- Is there any key to the mystery?
- Why is it necessary to put away prejudices and misconceptions regarding the Bible?
- What is the penalty of ignorance about God?
- Show that the common notion of God as an 'indulgent' Parent is unfounded.
- Why is every slight record of Christ in the Gospels momentous to us?
- Name any arguments that present themselves to the mind of a Christian in answer to the statement that 'miracles do not happen.'
- Show that the words of Christ are more amazing than the miracles of the Gospels.
- Why may we not accept the modern tendency to reservation on the doctrine of the Resurrection and the Incarnation?
- What is the peril concealed in trivial doubts?
- What would you say of the temper which examines, and finally cherishes, every objection presented to the mind?
SOME INSTRUCTORS OF CONSCIENCE: NATURE, SCIENCE, ART
- Show that ignorance is a vice in regard to the things of nature.
- In what two ways does nature approach us?
- Show that nature is an instructor in our duty towards God.
- That nature moves us to gratitude.
- Show that preoccupation of mind has of late shut out this teaching from us.
- What instruction has science for the conscience?
- Distinguish between science and scientific information.
- What duty is laid upon conscience with regard to science?
- With regard to art?
- In what spirit should we approach art?
SOME INSTRUCTORS OF CONSCIENCE: SOCIOLOGY
- Why is it necessary to understand how other people live?
- Why is casual help usually a hindrance?
- What are the conditions of helpfulness?
- In what sense is it wisdom to know ourselves?
- What have you to say of the greatness of human nature?
SECTION IlI. THE FUNCTION OF CONSCIENCE
CONVICTION OF SIN
- What is the office of conscience?
- What convictions appear to be common to all men?
- Show that religion is not a substitute for the instructed conscience.
- Name three habits of mind, either of which may stultify conscience.
- Show that the uneasiness of conscience testifies to sin.
- How do our sins of omission affect us ?
- Show that the chiding of conscience is a thing to be thankful for.
- How does temptation come upon us?
- Whence does temptation arise?
- What is the secret of heroic lives?
- How is a trusty spirit trained?
- What is our part, that we may not enter into temptation?
- Is it possible for penitence to become an error?
- What is its due place?
- What do you understand by, 'I believe in the forgiveness of sins'?
DUTY AND LAW
- Why is it wrong to do 'wrong'?
- What is 'wrong'?
- In what various ways have people answered these questions?
- May we excuse wrong-doing because it is 'human nature'?
- Contrast the serenity of the enlightened Christian conscience with the uneasiness of superstition.
- Why is it a delight to perceive and to fulfil the law?
PART II THE WILL
THE WILL-LESS LIFE
- Show that it is possible for conscience, love, intellect, reason, to behave whimsically and unworthily.
- What power within us has the ordering of the rest?
- Show that it is possible to live without the exercise of will.
WILL AND WILFULNESS
- Show that wilful persons are of various dispositions.
- What is the common characteristic of wilful persons? Give examples.
- Contrast the behaviour of wilfulness and of will.
- Give some examples of will-power and wilfulness from Scott.
- Class a score or so of persons (in literature or history) on each side of a dividing line--on one side, the wilful; on the other, persons who will.
- Instance nations that fall on either side of such a line. Why?
- Describe the teaching which has weakened the will-power of Western nations.
- What is our Lord's attitude in this matter?
WILL NOT MORAL OR IMMORAL
- Show that will may act towards good or evil ends.
- That a person of will may use bad means towards good ends.
- Distinguish between 'will' and 'an ideal.'
- What curious question on this subject does Browning raise?
- What is the distinctive quality of a man?
- 'Thus far we have seen'--what six points concerning the will?
THE WILL AND ITS PEERS
- Show that the will is subject to solicitations.
- That the will does not act alone.
- What is the business of will?
- When exercised, and upon what?
THE FUNCTION OF WILL
- What single power of man is a free agent?
- What is the one act possible to the will?
- Account for our increasing inability to choose.
- Show the evil of ready-made garments and ready-made opinions.
- Why may we choose for ourselves only, and not for others?
- How would you reconcile the two duties of choice and obedience?
- Distinguish between the obedience of habit and that of choice.
- What is it that we are called upon to choose between?
THE SCOPE OF WILL
- Show how allowance may do duty for will-choice.
- Contrast the behaviour of will and allowance at the tailor's, for example.
- Is it necessary to make a choice of will, at first hand, on all small occasions?
- How does the fallacy underlying the 'newest and cheapest' lead us astray?
- What great will-choice is open to us all?
SELF-CONTROL -- SELF-RESTRAINT -- SELF-COMMAND -- SELF-DENIAL
- What is to be said about moral self-culture for its own sake?
- How does absorption of any kind affect others?
- Show the difference between absorption as a phase, or for a purpose, and self-absorption.
- Describe a better way than moral self-culture.
- Show that what we call 'self-denial' is impossible to love.
- In what sense does our Lord claim self-denial from us?
THE EFFORT OF DECISION
- How do we try to escape the effort of decision?
- Sum up the sort of creed held in the name of 'Toleration.'
- Describe a picture of Ludwig Richter's showing how 'Providence' and 'freewill' co-operate.
- How may we distinguish a decision of will from one of 'allowance'?
- What two assets does the person who uses his will gather through his life?
- Show how these serve him on small and great occasions.
INTENTION -- PURPOSE -- RESOLUTION
- Give two or three examples of the history of resolution.
- What truth is figured by the nimbus of the pictured saint?
- When does 'influence' become injurious?
- From what sort of influence must we safeguard ourselves?
- The influence of a person is in the ratio of -- ?
- What several acts of the will are required of us ?
A WAY OF THE WILL
- Sum up the conclusions arrived at so far with regard to the will.
- What is to be said to persons of good-will who dread temptation?
- Particularise the postern to be guarded.
- The porters on guard.
- Shall we fight or run away?
- In what 'way of the will' does our safety lie?
- Show that the same rule (what rule?) applies to intellectual and moral insurgent ideas.
- Show how our Lord's condemnation of fallacies proves that opinions are judged upon moral grounds.
- Why is it important to know all we can about the behaviour of the will?
- Sum up (again) the sixteen, or so, points we have endeavoured to make, so far.
- Distinguish between the man of good-will and the conventional person.
- What two services are open to men?
- What is the distinguishing mark of freewill?
- 'The poet has said the last word'; what is it?
PART III THE SOUL
THE CAPACITIES OF THE SOUL
- 'We wonder whether we are indeed finite creatures'; give four or five grounds for such wonder.
- Show the limiting and deceptive nature of our ordinary religious thoughts.
- Show in what respect the needs of the soul are satisfied by God alone.
THE DISABILITIES OF THE SOUL
- Name some of the chronic disabilities of the soul.
- How may we discern in ourselves 'the inert soul'?
- What is the cure of this soul-ailment?
- How does preoccupation affect our relations with God?
- Show how our 'involuntary aversion' to God may really be of service.
- Distinguish between voluntary and involuntary aversion.
- Show the supreme importance of will-choice.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
- What is the condition on which we may have the one satisfying intimacy?
- What persons have capacity for this intimacy?
- What tokens of the divine friendship may we look for?
- Name some of the ways by which the knowledge of God may first come to us.
- Show that the Bible is the immediate source of such knowledge.
- In what respect does the Bible stand alone among the great writings of the past?
- Show how fit and necessary the knowledge of God is to the soul of man.
- Is this knowledge inevitable?
- Describe some of the movements of unconsidered prayer.
- Some of the responses to these.
- What two requirements of the soul are thus met?
- What are some of the uses and occasions of habitual prayer?
- How may we serve the world in our habitual prayers?
- What causes restrain us from the gratitude we owe?
- 'My rising soul surveys' -- what occasions for being thankful?
- For what, besides our 'meat,' may we well 'say grace'?
- Why does it matter that we should thank God?
- Show that 'praise' implies more than thanksgiving.
- Whom do we think of as being endowed with the right to praise God?
- Show that 'praise' is our duty also.
- Name some occasions of praise discovered by the Psalmist.
- What persons, to-day, especially afford us themes for praise?
FAITH IN GOD
- Why do we find it perplexing to be told we must 'believe in God'?
- How does faith come?
- Show that we have faith in each other.
- That there are two sorts of faith in persons.
- Show that faith of both sorts is due to God.
- How shall we know if we have the faith of recognition?
- Show that faith is an act of will.
- Show that to believe in God is a duty required of us.
- Is this duty fulfilled in the service of men?
- Show that no article of the Christian (or of the Apostles') Creed appeals to our understanding.
- That all the great things of life also are mysteries.
- Show that Christianity means the recognition of Christ.