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SHORT VIEW, OR GENERAL SKETCH

OF THE

ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

F THE

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

XVIII.

observation.

1. The history of the christian church, during the CENTURY present age, instead of a few pages, would alone require a volume, such are the number and im- Introductory portance of the materials that it exhibits to an at. obs tentive inquirer. It is therefore to be hoped that, in due time, some able and impartial writer will employ his labours on this interesting subject. At the same time, to render the present work as complete as possible, and to give a certain clue, to direct those who teach or who study ecclesiastical history, through a multitude of facts that have not yet been gathered together, and digested into a regular order, we shall draw here a general sketch that will exhibit the principal outlines of the state of religion since the commencement of the present century. That this sketch may not swell to too great a size, we shall omit the mention of the au. thors who have furnished materials for this period of church history. Those that are acquainted with modern literature must know, that there are innu. merable productions extant, from whence such a variety of lines and colours might be taken, as would render this rough and general draught a complete and finished piece.

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