More - PR3605 .M6 M5 1820

40 ritENCII OPINION course, the very reverse of that little and narrowing spirit ascribed to it by those who de, not know, or do not love it. It cannot be otherwise ; for are not those who cultivate it ever the followers of Him, whose sublime characteristic it was " that he pleased not himself?" In the,society of Christians, every mart does not so much look on his own things as on the things of others. Christians do not- make 'conversation a theatre for dispute or display. They consider a reciprocation of benignity ; a desire to draw out the talents of those who with more merit have less pretension. An in- terchange of sentiment between intellec- tual and highly principled persons con- fers both pleasure and benefit. To make it at once pleasant and profitable, there must be an accordance of principle, if not of opinion. The conversation will frequently have a tincture of religion, even when the topic under discussion is not religious. Topics purely secular are susceptible of this spirit and inpious