Excerpt from The History of the Church of Christ, the True and Faithful Followers of Jesus: Exemplified by Their Life and Character, Identified by Their Church Polity and Doctrine; From Its Organization to the Present Time
Dear reader: As nothing is more common, when we take up any new publication for perusal, than to cast our eyes on the title page or preface, so that by going into the porch we may form some idea of what is inside of the edifice.
One of the great inconveniences to the common people have been that our Church histories are too voluminous; the price is so high, and the reader has to go over such a mass of reading matter, that but few persons can spare the time, even if they had the patience to prosecute the task. This history is arranged in such a manner that a person wishing to know the state of the Church in any century, he can turn to that century and find their character, doctrine, and church polity, given plain and pointed, with a very concise account of their worship, from the days of the Apostles to the present time. These people, who suffered persecution for righteousness' sake, have, in all ages, been hunted and driven like wild beasts by their enemies from mountain to dale, from valley to hill, and have been known by different names, as their enemies saw fit to stigmatize these poor people with (witnesses for the truth).
In presenting this excellent work to the attention and patronage of the American people, we feel satisfied of the fact that the author of this work, in his laborious task, renders essential service to the cause of truth, and to the reader a rich intellectual repast. He has, with much persevering industry, had free access to a wide range of ecclesiastical information, gathering materials from both friend and foe, and has manifested his love of the truth in his unyielding attachment for religious liberty, which we find exemplified through out his whole history and life.
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