Geschichte der alten Kirche, Volume 1

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J.C. Hinrichs, 1869 - 1250 pagina's
 

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Pagina 493 - But the decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and as soon as time or accident had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight. The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and instead of inquiring why the Roman empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long.
Pagina 493 - There is the moral of all human tales ; « 'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past, First Freedom, and then Glory — when that fails, Wealth, vice, corruption, — barbarism at last And History, with all her volumes vast, Hath but one page...
Pagina 350 - The Councils of the Church, From the Council of Jerusalem, AD 51, to the Council of Constantinople, AD 381; chiefly as to their Constitution, but also as to their Objects and History.
Pagina 155 - But though pleasure is not a sin, yet surely the contemplation of suffering for Christ's sake is a thing most needful for us in our days, from whom in our daily life suffering seems so far removed. And as God's grace enabled rich and delicate persons, women, and even children, to endure all extremities of pain and reproach in times past...
Pagina 433 - History of Latin Christianity ; including that of the Popes to the Pontificate of Nicholas V.
Pagina 507 - The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Pagina 583 - The Egyptians, who gloried in this marvellous revolution, were disposed to hope, and to believe, that the number of the monks was equal to the remainder of the people; and posterity might repeat the saying which had formerly been applied to the sacred animals of the same country, that in Egypt it was less difficult to find a god than a man.
Pagina 271 - If the father could subdue his own feelings, he might escape, though not the censure, at least the chastisement of the laws; and the Roman empire was stained with the blood of infants, till such murders were included by Valentinian and his colleagues in the letter and spirit of the Cornelian law. The lessons of jurisprudence and Christianity had been insufficient to eradicate this inhuman practice, till their gentle influence was fortified by the terrors of capital punishment.
Pagina 154 - The additional barbarities committed amid the sack and ruin of those blazing and starving cities, are almost beyond belief ; unborn infants were torn from the living bodies of their mothers ; women and children were violated by thousands ; and whole populations burned and hacked to pieces by soldiers in every mode which cruelty, in its wanton ingenuity, could devise.§...
Pagina 120 - THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST THREE CENTURIES ; or, Notices of the Lives and Opinions of the Early Fathers, with special reference to the Doctrine of the Trinity ; illustrating its late origin and gradual formation. Revised and enlarged edition. 8vo, $2.50. Lucy Larcom. BREATHINGS OF THE BETTER LIFE. " Little Classic

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