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History of Christianity,
IN THE EAST.
FIRST CENTURY, A. D. 32-100.
Its rapid progress during the Apostolic age, with the pre-
vious state of religion and philosophy..
SECOND CENTURY, A. D. 100-150.
Division of the Christians into different sects, engendering
a spirit of Contention and Discord...
SECOND CENTURY, A. D. 150-200.
Superstition and Fanaticism engrafted upon Christianity,
giving rise to Monasticism, & the doctrine of Purgatory,
THIRD CENTURY, A. D. 200-250.
Lamentable decline of Piety and Morality, among the
Christians in general, and the Clergy particularly....
THIRD CENTURY, A. D. 250–312.
Persecution by the Pagans; its most remarkable period,
and subsequent cessation....
FOURTH CENTURY, A. D. 312—400.
Christianity becomes the religion of the empire, by the con-
version of Constantine. State of the Church in the
FIFTH CENTURY, A. D. 400-500.
Metaphysical Controversies on the nature of the Deity.
The real causes that produced them...
SIXTH CENTURY, A. D. 500–600.
Revival of idolatry; and falsification of Scripture a prevail-
SEVENTH CENTURY, A. D. 612-762.
Rise of Mahommedism, and rapid progress of the Saracen
empire, during a century and a half...
EIGHTH TO FIFTEENTH CENTURY,
A. D. 762-1453.
Four periods of Mahommedan invasion, peculiarly fatal to
Christianity in the east, which is at length extinguished
when Constantinople is taken by the Turks......
IN THE WEST.
FOURTH TO SEVENTH CENTURY,
A. D. 312-606.
From the conversion of Constantine to the establishment of
the Papal hierarchy..
SEVENTH TO SIXTEENTH CENTURY,
A. D. 606-1500.
The Latin or Romish Church, from its establishment in the
seventh, to the commencement of its decline, in the
sixteenth century. . . . .
A. D. 1500-1600.
Its power and influence curtailed at the Reformation. The
means employed to restore them. The spirit of Infi-
delity awakened by the exposure of its frauds. The
foundations of Morality sapped by the conduct of the
A. D. 1650-1700.
The flames of a religious war rekindled. Its succes favor-
able for a time to the cause of Popery..
A. D. 1700-1800.
The French revolution fatal to Popery. What occa-
sioned that event; and aggravated the horrors of it.
Approaching downfal of the Ottoman empire apparent...