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The Backslider : or an Inquiry into the Nature, Symptoms, and Ef-
fects of Religious Declension, with the Means of Recovery.
DIALOGUES AND LETTERS
CRISPUS AND GAIUS.
ON THE PECULIAR TURN OF THE PRESENT AGE.
Crispus. GOOD morning, my dear Gaius : I am glad to see you. The world is busy in grasping wealth, ia discussing politics, and in struggling for dominion; all trifles of a moment : let us retire from the tumultuous scene, and discourse on subjects of greater importance.
Gaius. I am glad, my dear Crispus, to find your mind exercised on such subjects. The present agitated state of the world is doubtless a great temptation to many to let go their bold of beavenly things, and to bend their chief attention to subjects which originate and terminate in the present life.
Crispus. My mind has of late been much engaged on divine subjects. I find in them a source of solid satisfaction. Yet I must confess I feel as well a variety of difficulties which I should be happy to have removed. I have often found your conversation profitable, and should wish to avail myself of this and every other opportunity for improving by it.
Gaius. Suitable conversation on divine subjects is commonly of mutual advantage ; and I must say there is something, I know not what, in the countenance of an inquisitive, serious friend, which, as iron sharpeneth iron, whets our powers, and draws forth observations where, otherwise, they had never existed. I think I have VOL. IV.