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AN

NIINITY SCHOOL

ARVASD UHVERSITY

ANCIENT AND MODERN,

BIRTH OF CHRIST, TO THE BEGINNING OF THE PRESENT CENTURY.

THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND VARIATIONS OF

CHURCH POWER,

ARE CONSIDERED IN THEIR CONNECTION WITH THE STATE OF

LEARNING AND PHILOSOPHY,

POLITICAL HISTORY OF EUROPE DURING THAT PERIOD.
LEARNED, JOHN LAWRENCE MOSHEIM, D. D.

And Chancellor of the University of Gottingen.

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL LATIN, AND ACCOMPANIED WITH NOTES

AND CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES.

BY ARCHIBALD MACLAINE, D. D.

TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN INDEX LIBRARY.

BY THE LATE

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. VI.

CHARLESTOWN.

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL ETHERIDGE, JR.

1811.

A

SHORT VIEW, OR GENERAL SKETCH

OF THE

ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

OF 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 attentive 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 authors 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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