Civilization During the Middle Ages, Especially in Relation to Modern Civilization

Civilization During the Middle Ages, Especially in Relation to Modern Civilization

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...we have seen, in ideas which had grown up in pagan Rome--the ideas of the divinely ordained, eternal, and universal empire These ideas the Christians adopted. We find traces o' them in Christian writers from the first half of the third century on. They found an interpretation for prophecies of the Old Testament in them. But they modifiec them, also, in consequence of the new point of view from which they regarded them. For the Christian the polit ical work of Rome was not its great work--not the ulti mate end for which it had been founded. This was t be found in the establishment of Christianity. God hw allowed the universal and eternal political empire of Rome to be created, that in it might be formed the universal church, the true Civitas Dei of St. Augustine. 1 On this Chapter see especially Bryce, The Holy Roman Empire-. Chapters VII. to XIII. inclusive, and Freeman's review of Bryce in his essay, The Holy Roman Empire, There were, then, in the plan of God for history, these two final organizations, distinct in sphere, the universal political organization, and the universal religious organization. The one was realized in facts by the Roman empire; the other by the Catholic Church; and as the actual course of history favored the continuance or the revival of the empire, and the more and more definite and perfect organization of the church government, the theories which they expressed grew in definiteness and in their hold upon men. They seemed to constitute the permanent plan of God for history, and these two powers seemed to stand as the representatives of his government of the world. The pope represented God, was his vicar, his vicegerent, in his religious government of mankind the emperor in his political. In the case of the more

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