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Care of their Reputation

Morality of the Fathers

Principles of Human Nature

The Primitive Christians condemn Pleasure and Luxury

Their Sentiments concerning Marriage and Chastity

Their Aversion to the Business of War and Government

V. The Fifth Cause. The Christians active in the Govern-

ment of the Church

Its Primitive Freedom and Equality

Institution of Bishops as Presidents of the College of Presbyters

Provincial Councils

Union of the Church

Progress of Episcopal Authority

Pre-eminence of the Metropolitan Churches

Ambition of the Roman Pontiff

Laity and Clergy

Oblations and Revenue of the Church

Distribution of the Revenue

Excommunication

Public Penance

The Dignity of Episcopal Government

Recapitulation of the five Causes ... ... ... ... ...

Weakness of Polytheism

The Scepticism of the Pagan World proved favourable to the

new Religion

And the Peace and Union of the Roman Empire

Historical View of the Progress of Christianity

In the East

The Church of Antioch

In Egypt

In Rome

In Africa and the Western Provinces ...

Beyond the Limits of the Roman Empire

General Proportion of Christians and Pagans

Whether the first Christians were mean and ignorant

Some Exceptions with regard to Learning

Some Exceptions with regard to Rank and Fortune

Christianity most favourably received by the Poor and Simple i

Rejected by some eminent Men of the first and second

Centuries ... i

Their Neglect of Prophecy

Their Neglect of Miracles'

General Silence concerning the Darkness of the Passion

CHAPTER XVI

The Conduct of the Roman Government towards the Christians, from t
Reign of Nero to that of Constantine

Christianity persecuted by the Roman Emperors

Inquiry into their Motives

Rebellious Spirit of the Jewg ...

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