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found objects deserving our serious attention. Nor should we be prejudiced against the real Church, because she then wore a Roman Garb. Undoubtedly she was by this means much defiled with superstition; for that was as much the predominant Evil of those timnes, as profaneness is of our

The last-mentioned" Evil ad. mits of no coalition with Christian holiness; but superstition, to a certain degree, may co exist with the spirit of the Gospel. When that degree is exceeded, and general idolatry takes place, the System then becomes too corrupt, to deserve the name of the Church of Christ. I have marked this limit to the best of my judgment in the course of this history, have exhibited the MAN OF Sin matured in all his gigantic horrors, and from that Epocha I despair of discovering the Church in the collective body of nominal Christians. Every Reader will observe the various features of Anti-Christ described in this Volume, and some may perhaps be enabled to form a more listinct and adequate conception of the nature of Popery, than they had before acquired.

Leaving therefore the general Church of Rome, after she had ceased entirely to HOLD THE HEAD, I either travel with faithful Missionaries into regions of heathenism, and describe the propagation of the Gospel in scenes altogether new, or dwell with circumstantial exactness on the lives and wri. tings of some particular individuals, in whom the Spirit of God maintained the power of godliness, while they remained " in Babylon.” The former object displays one of the brightest prospects of this whole period, and seems to rebuke the supineness of modern times, in regard to the extension of divine truth among Pagan nations. The latter, I trust, will be found to afford matter of Christian

instruction;

instruction: the pleasure and benefit, which, as I have repeatedly heard, has been derived from the Perusal of Augustine's Life and Confessions in the preceding volume, encourage me to expect, that the review of the lives and writings of Anselm and of Bernard in this, may not be without similar fruit

The history of these seven Centuries, as it has hitherto appeared in our common Ecclefiaftical narratives, it must be confessed, is extremely uninteresting. If I have had some advantages for enlivening and illuminating the scene, let those be afcribed to the peculiar nature of my historical plan.

The account of the Waldenses, which closes the volume, belongs not to the thirteenth Century exclusively; it is, however, ascribed to it, because in the course of that Century most extraordinary persecutions and conflicts took place among this people, and particularly excited the attention of Europe. It was also judged proper, to give one unbroken narrative of Waldensian transactions in Ecclesiastical matters, till the time of the Reformation

If the Reader learn some practical lessons concerning the power, wisdom, goodness, and faithfulness of God, from the review of the events, which lie before him, I shall have reason to rejoice, nor shall I think my labour to have been in vain.

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C O N T E N T S.

CENTURY VI.

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CHAP. I.
The Life of Fulgentius, and the State of the
African Churches in his Time.

CHAP. II.
The State of the Church in other parts of the

Roman Empire, till the Death of Justin,
including the Life of Cæfarius.

CHAP. III.
The State of the Church during the Reign of

Justinian.

CHAP. IV.
Miscellaneous Affairs to the End of the Century.

CHAP. V.
Gregory tlt First, Bishop of Rome. His Pastoral

Labours.

CHAP. VI.
Gregory's Condut toward the Emperors Mau-

ritius and Phocas.

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CHAP. VII.
Gregory's Conduct with respeet to England.

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CHAP. PAGÈ

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