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LENTOD New York:
C. S. FRANCIS & CO., 252 BROADWAY.
LONDON: S. LOW, SON & Co.

M. DCCC. LV

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by

C. 8. FRANCIS AND COMPANY,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New York.

PROGRESS

RELIGIOUS IDEAS.

CHRISTIANITY.

“Whatever errors may have crept in among the simple, yet sublime views, published by Christ, the practical moral character of his Gospel has always stood prominently above the abstract doctrines. From the first publieation of Christianity, to this very day, it may be safely asserted that no sincere convert has embraced it allured by its creed."-J. BLANCO WHITE

FROM THE TIME OF CONSTANTINE. WHILE internal changes were being gradually wrought in Christianity, by the previous opinions of its converts, and by the varions sects and schools, with which it was constantly engaged in controversy, important changes were also taking place in its relations to the government. The emperor Constantius, one of the colleagues of Diocletian, had been uniformly tolerant, and even friendly toward the Christians, either from humanity, or from motives of policy: they being numerous in the part of the empire which he governed. His son Constantine had been left as a hostage at the imperial court, and suffered much from the jealousy and tyranny of Galerius. He is said to have been in Nico

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