A history of the Church, from the earliest ages to the Reformation

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Baldwin & Cradock, 1831 - Church history - 738 pages

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Page 260 - And I saw an Angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Page 298 - I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Page 10 - Nor has the contagion of this superstition seized cities only, but the lesser towns also, and the open country.
Page 10 - They affirmed that the whole of their fault or error lay in this, that they were wont to meet together on a stated day before it was light, and sing among themselves alternately a hymn to Christ, as a god, and bind themselves by an oath, not to the commission of any wickedness, but not to be guilty of theft, or robbery, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor to deny a pledge committed to them, when called upon to return it.
Page 31 - From these facts, it is evident, that, first, about the end of the second, and the beginning of the third century...
Page 163 - Whether the divine law did not permit a valiant and warlike people to dethrone a pusillanimous and indolent monarch, who was incapable of discharging any of the functions of royalty, and to substitute in his place one more worthy to rule, and who had already rendered most important services to the state?
Page 220 - ... its general principles of mildness and toleration, if it had not adopted the damnatory clauses of the Athanasian Creed. Though I firmly believe that the doctrines themselves of this Creed are all founded in Scripture, I cannot but conceive it to be both unnecessary and presumptuous to say, that " except every one do keep them whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
Page 95 - Christian religion, which, in itself/' says that moderate historian, "is plain and simple, he confounded by the dotage of superstition. Instead of reconciling the parties by the weight of his authority, he cherished and propagated, by verbal disputes, the differences which his vain curiosity had excited. The highways were covered with troops of bishops, galloping from every side to the assemblies, which they call synods ; and, while they...
Page 13 - ... at length these men, though really criminal, and deserving exemplary punishment, began to be commiserated as people who were destroyed, not out of regard to the public welfare, but only to gratify the cruelty of one man" ("Annals,
Page 13 - ... all of whom were condemned, not so much for the crime of burning the city, as for their enmity to mankind.

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