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CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

CHAPTER XIV.

Troubles after the Abdication of Diocletian.Death of Constantius.Elevation of Con-
stantine and Jllaxentius.Six Emperors at the sometime.Death of Maximian and
Galerius.Victories of Constantine over Maxentius and Licinius.Be union of the
Empire under the Authority of Constantine.

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A. D. PAGE|A.

Importance of the Inquiry 57

Its difficulties - ib.

Five causes of the growth of

Christianity - 58

I. The FinsT Cause. Zeal of

the Jews - ib.

Its gradual increase - 60)

Their religion better suited to

defence than to conquest 61

More liberal zeal of Christianity 6o

Obstinacy and reasons of the be-

lieving Jews - 64

The Nazarene church of Jerusalem 05

The Ebionites - 67

The Gnostics - 68

Their sects, progress.and influence 70

The daemons considered as the

gods of antiquity - 7~

Abhorrence of the Christians for

idolatry - 74

Ceremonies - - ib

Arts - - 75

Festivals 76

Zeal for Christianity - 77.

II. The Second Cause. The doc-

trine of the immortality of the

soul among the philosophers ib

Among the Pagans of Greece and

Konie - - 79

Among the Barbarians and the

Jews - - 801

Among the Christians - 81'

Approaching end of the world ib.

Doctrine of the Milennium 82

Conflagration of Kome and of the

world - - :!

The Pagans devoted to eternal

punishment - - 85

Were often converted by their fears 87

HI. The Third Cause. Miracu-

lous powers of the primitive

church - ib.

Their truth contested - 89]

Our perplexity in defining the

miraculous period - ib.

Use of the primitive miracles 91

IV. The Fourth Cause. Virtues

of the first Christians - 92;

Effects of their repentance ib.

Care of their reputation - 931

Morality of the Fathers - 94)

Principles of human nature 951

The primitive Christians con-

demn pleasure and luxury ib.

Their sentiments concerning

marriage and chastity - 971

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