"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
The American revolution gave people the ability to think as they wanted, without fear of retribution. Religion became a highly discussed topic. The mere number of Camp meetings, and the number of those attending, three thousand to ten thousand people at each gathering, was a good indication of the interest in religion at the time. It should not surprise us then, that religion could be the main subject of discussion, even among young maturing persons.
This story of three companions, two young men and a young woman, demonstrate how the search for truth can affect lives. This should lead the way to spiritual introspection, the examination of our own souls.
Plato asked, “…why should we not calmly and patiently review our own thoughts, and thoroughly examine and see what these appearances in us really are?”