This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Too Conscientious?

QUESTION: Can a person be too conscientious?

ANSWER: There are persons who are morbidly conscientious. This is very often a form of insanity. I once heard a good woman say she could not set her tea table without sinning, or buy a dozen eggs without sin, for she instinctively picked out the biggest. The alienists say that quite a number of forms of disordered mental action involve the moral sense. Nervous diseases frequently take on this characteristic. Hence the need of charity for many, who, through an affection of the nerves, dwell in the border land between sanity and insanity. "God knoweth our frame."

Steele's Answers, pp. 228.