following the service at Free St. George‟s Church. When Chambers arrived in Edinburgh, Dr.Whyte was dealing with “
uding Tauler and the book,
which are both quoted throughout
If Thou Wilt Be Perfect.
In 1900, Chambers was teaching philosophy at Dunoon College,
a small theological schoolacross the Firth of Clyde from Glasgow, Scotland. When his students, most of whom had nouniversity training, expressed their difficulty in making sense of existing textbooks, Chamberscompiled and published his own
Outlines for the Study of Historical Philosophy
as a guide forhis classes.Of his lecture series on Biblical Philosophy at the Bible Training College
Chambers said: “
The Ethics and Philosophy classes have taken a great stride in advance, and thisis all the more surprising as the Bible Philosophy class is anything but a popular subject ascommonly conceived; yet the numbers attending this class grow.
One of Chambers
‟ recurring themes was the critical necessity for every Christian to think.“
The reason why the average Christian worker is only the average Christian worker,
ld his students, “
is that he or she will remain grossly ignorant about what he does not see anyneed for. All of you have intelligence, and you must use it for God.
On Tauler and on
Two names are mentioned in this book, one is a man, Tauler, and the other a volume,
Quotations are made from them. Both belong to pre-Reformation times.John Tauler was born in Strasbourg about 1300. He was a Dominican monk and had alreadyachieved honour and reputation as a preacher when a great change occurred in his spiritualoutlook. An unknown layman, after hearing him preach, was moved to tell him that he was
allowing himself to be “
killed by the letter,
” and was yet in darkness, and had not tasted the
sweetness of the Holy Ghost. The preacher took the words in a spirit of meekness and was ready
to receive helpful counsel from his unknown friend. “
” he said, “
take up your crossand follow our Lord Jesus Christ and His example in utter sincerity, humility and patience, andmust let go all your proud reasoning.
” He advised him to cease his preaching for a while and inquiet contemplation examine his life in the mirror of our Lord‟s. Tauler was nearly fifty, but he
took the place of abasement and self-surrender,
and for nearly two years was a seeker of God‟sway, praying that God‟s life might be brought forth in him. His former friends thought him
demented. When the clear light came and he knew the time had come to bear his witness inpublic, he found it not easy to begin, but soon wisdom and grace from the Holy Spirit werebestowed in abundant measure. So began years of wonderful work for God. In those days whensalvation by simple faith in Jesus Christ was so largely hidden beneath ceremonial worship, he
* Chambers spent 1897-1906 at Dunoon Theological College as a student, then as a tutor.* Bible Training College, London, 1911-1915.