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THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, contained in the Historical Division of the ENCYCLOPÆDIA METROPOLITANA, will form Three Volumes of this Edition. The present Volume contains the HISTORY OF THE RISE AND EARLY PROGRESS OF CHRISTIANITY, with the CORRESPONDENCE between PLINY and the EMPEROR TRAJAN respecting the EARLY CHRISTIANS ; and a DISSERTATION ON THE CREDIBILITY OF MIRACLES, in which the Miracles of Scripture are contrasted with the Spurious Miracles recorded to have been performed by APOLLONIUS OF TYANA.
The HISTORY OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY is printed from the text of the Author's last separate Edition, with the addition of side notes. The DISSERTATION ON MIRACLES is reprinted from the original Edition. The LETTERS OF PLINY have been taken from the Translation of Pliny's Epistles by WILLIAM MELMOTH.
Appointment of Matthias to be an Apostle,
Descent of the Holy Ghost,