This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...the two first centuries the converts to Christianity were but few, and those chiefly of a servile and low condition. The adversaries of ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 Excerpt: ...the two first centuries the converts to Christianity were but few, and those chiefly of a servile and low condition. The adversaries of episcopacy, whom we commonly term Presbyterians, take the same side with equal zeal, under the hope oi proving that the charge committed to a bishop of the econd century must have been comprised within a very narrow compass, and consequently that the prelates of the present day, whose superintendence, for the most part, extends over large tracts of country, arc altogether a different order of men from the primitive bi-shops. The pastor of a congregation of about two hundred, or at the most of six hundred persons of little or no account, (and a bishop of the second century, according to them, was nothing more) may rather be likened, say they, to a country parish priest than to a bishop of modern days. The same thing is likewise eagerly contended for by such of our own writers as have entered the lists with the advocates for the church of Rome. The object which these propose to themselves in so doing is, to render it evident that the vast multitude of martyrs and confessors with which the Roman calendar is crowded, must be, for the most part, fictitious; and that the bones, which are daily brought to light from the Roman catacombs, arc rather to bo considered as the remains of slaves and people of the lowest order, than as rcliques of Christian martyrs. In this way do we frequently find persons of the most opposite views concur in yielding to each other a mutual support. Wise and honest men, who take care always to temper their zeal in the cause of religion by a proper respect for truth, will readily allow that wo have sufficient grounds to warrant us in making no very inconsiderable deduction from that immenso host of Christ...Read Less
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