Reunion of the empire under the authority of Constantine. THE balance of power
established by Diocletian subsisted no longer than while it was sustained by the
firm and dexterous hand of the founder. It required civil war» CHAP. XIV. 53 II.
See Le Clerc (Prolegomena ad Hist. Ecclesiast. sect. 1. c. 8.) His authority seems
to carry the greater weight, as he has written a learned and judicious commentary
on the books of the Old Testament. " Joseph. Antiquitat. lib. 13. c. 10. De Bell.
In proportion to the respective numbers of the faithful, a larger or smaller number
of these episcopal presbyters guided each infant congregation with equal
authority and with united counsels.q institution But the most perfect equality of
Progress As the legislative authority of the particular pL'authfr- churches was
insensibly superseded by the use of rity- councils, the bishops obtained by their
alliance a much larger share of executive and arbitrary power ; and as soon as
If we are obliged to submit our belief to the authority of Grotius, it must be allowed
, that the number of Protestants, who were executed in a single province and a
single reign, far exceeded that of the primitive martyrs in the space of three ...
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Gibbon's third volume of The Decline and Fall seems to stray from the purpose stated in volume one. I think he just got carried away by the sweep of history. The melodious style and easy learning are still present but I was suffering from Gibbon fatigue by the third volume and we were off course. Les hele vurderingen