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Christianity

descending from Heaven -holds in her right hand, the crown of Immor tality in her left, the New Testament.-Asia is represented prostrate: Eu rope in a bending posture;-Africa by a figure kneeling, and America by an Indian with the Calumet, or pipe of peace.-The broken chains &c. represent the effects of Christianity in the destruction of Slavery and Idolatry. The dark sky in the back ground, shows the state of the world when Christianity first appeared. A few twinkling stars show that a measure of light shined in the darkest period of time.

AN ACCOUNT

OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING

RELIGIOUS EVENTS,

WHICH HAVE TRANSPIRED

FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CIIRISTIAN ERA
TO THE PRESENT TIME

WITH A

SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF PERSONS DISTIN-
GUISHED IN RELIGIOUS HISTORY.

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
FROM

THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

ENTERED, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1833,

BY JOHN W. BARBER,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.

STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON
PHILADELPHIA.

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PREFACE.

"THE course of Religious Events embraces a more interesting history than all the secular achievements of man, since the Christian era commenced; and it is believed the cases are rare, where even those who are professedly interested in Religious History are sufficiently acquainted with its various and highly interesting details." The reason for this has been, in many instances, that works on Religious History have generally been voluminous and expensive. To remedy this defect, in some measure, has been one object of this work. It is, it will be perceived, arranged upon a new plan; the account of each event, or fact, is in some respects insulated; not being necessarily connected with any other. The object of the compiler was to give the reader a comprehensive view of each subject introduced. He has generally confined himself to the bare relation of facts as he found them, leaving his readers to draw their own inferences and conclusions. A short biographical sketch is given of persons distinguished in Religious History; and a chronological table of Religious Events is added: these, with the other part of the work, it is believed, will be found valuable as a book of reference, for facts which have been recorded in Church History.

"No apology is necessary for the free use which has been made of the labours of others, for the plan of this book is so essentially different from that of any which has preceded it, that the author has not encroached upon the objects which others have had

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