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THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND FALL OF THE CHURCH OF

ROME;
THE INQUISITION;

THE REVOLUTION OF FRANCE;

THE UNIVERSAL WAR;

AND

THE FINAL TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY.

BEING

A NEW INTERPRETATION.

BY THE

REV. GEORGE CROLY, A.M. H.R.S.L.

PHILADELPHIA:
E. LITTELL, CHESTNUT STREET,

AND

G. & C. CARVILL, NEW-YORK.

" хгау

сHA

CROLY

то

THE RIGHT REVEREND

THOMAS,

LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY,

CHANCELLOR OF THE ORDER OF THE GARTER,

PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE,

&c. &c. &c.

THIS VOLUME,

IS (WITH PERMISSION) DEDICATED,

BI

HIS LORDSHIP'S VERY FAITHFUL

AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

LONDON,
March, 1827.

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PREFACE.

THERE is the strongest reason for believing, that as Judæa was chosen for the especial guardianship of the original Revelation; so has England been chosen for the especial guardianship of Christianity.

The original Revelation declared the one true God; Paganism was its corruption, by substituting many false gods for the true. The second Revelation, Christianity, declared the one true Mediator; Popery was its corruption, by substituting many false mediators for the true. Both Paganism and Popery adopted the same visible sign of corruption, the worship of Images.

The Jewish history opens to us a view of the acting of Providence with a people appointed to the preservation of the faith of God. Every tendency to receive the surrounding Idolatries into a participation of the honours of the true worship, every idolatrous touch was visited with punishment, and that punishment not left to the remote working of the corrusion, but immediate, and, by its directness, evidently designed to make the nation feel the high importance of the trust, and the final ruin that must follow its betrayal.

A glance at the British history since the Reformation is enough to show how closely this Providential

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