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The Rise, Progress, and Variations of Church-Power, are considered in their
John LAURENCE MOSHEIM, D.D.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL LATIN,
AND ILLUSTRATED witH NOTES, CHRONoLog ICAL TABLEs, AND AN APPENDIx,
SHORT VIEW, OR GENERAL SKETCH,
I. THE History of the Christian Church during cent. xviii. this period, instead of a few pages, would alone in. require a volume; such are the number and import-tory obserance 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 labors 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 collected, or digested into a regular order, we shall draw a general sketch that will exhibit the principal outlines of the state of religion since the commencement of the eighteenth century. That this sketch may not swell to too great an extent, we shall omit the mention of the authors who have furnished materials for this period of church history. Those who are acquainted with modern literature must know, that there are imumerable productions extant, whence such a variety of lines and colors might be taken, as would render this rough and general draught a finished piece,
WOL. VI, B