The First Three Christian Centuries; A History of the Church of Christ, with a Special View to the Delineation of Christian Faith and Life from A.D. 1 to A.D. 313
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...maintained Catholic unity, and repudiated papal supremacy. He had been willing, indeed, before, and he was willing still, to concede to the bishop of the foremost city of the world that primacy of moral precedence and central influence which naturally belonged to him; but further than this he would not go. He might be first, but first only in a college of co-equal brethren--the natural centre and honorary president of a body whom he might aspire to lead, but had no right to command. There was over all the chief pastors of the Church but one Master, even Christ, and all they were brethren. How the controversy would have ended, if allowed to run its course uninterrupted, we cannot tell. It was brought to a sudden termination by the solemn call addressed to both combatants alike to gird themselves for a higher and holier combat, in which they fought and conquered side by side. Stephen died a martyr in the year A.D. 257, Cyprian followed close behind. The controversy itself lingered on for more than half a century longer; but the Roman practice, as the more moderate and practically expedient, as in the case, too, of the Easter question, gradually gained ground, and was finally established as the universal law of the Church at the Council of Nicsea in 325. Our brave bishop now approaches the close of his brief but active career. The Valerian persecution broke out (A.D. 258), and found him as ready now firmly to face the storm, as before wisely to bend before it. According to his own principle, he had abode God's time; and now that time was come. His end was calm and grand. If there was at times a tinge of theatrical display in his Chapter words, there was not a shadow of this in his last and L greatest deed. "Thanks be to God!" were...
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