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CANDID TALKS ON VITAL THEMES.

BY

JOSEPH A. SEISS, D.D., LL.D.,
Pastor OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY COMMUNION, PHILADELPHIA.

Ist's Gotteswerk, so wird's bestehen :
Ist's Menschenwerk wird's untergehen.

PHILADELPHIA:

J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.

1886.

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Copyright, 1886,
BY JOSEPH A. SEISS.

PREFACE.

“POPULAR discourses are not intended to impart new investigations." Their purpose is rather to summarize the results of more systematic studies, and to reproduce them in easy form for popular edification.

In this conception the Lectures here following were prepared and delivered. They were meant to be free Talks on some very vital themes, addressed to a promiscuous congregation specially invited to hear them.

The object was, if possible, to induce thinking young people, non-church-goers, and persons in doubt or indifference respecting religion to undertake a candid survey of the leading questions of faith, and to give some serious attention to the foundation-principles of Right Life, and what is to be said upon them, over against the Epicurean tendencies of the times, which are doing so much mischief in many circles.

It cannot be denied that, from one cause or an

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