A History of the Church, from the Earliest Ages to the Reformation Volume 1
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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...were the commonest of all things, and they were publicly practised with the extreme of impudence. The orphans and widows were oppressed, and the poor were tortured to such despair, that they prayed God to deliver the city to the barbarians. Blasphemies, too, and impiety reigned there; many, though professedly Christians, were at heart Pagans, and worshipped the celestial Goddess with entire devotion. Besides which (he adds), the people had an extreme contempt and aversion for the Monks, however holy they might be.' The description is probably exaggerated--yet ecclesiastical historians almost universally admit the corruption of Christians to have been the cause of their chastisement. Baronius adds another reason--the prevalence of heresy. At the year 412, he asserts--Barbari prevalent ubi. haveses vigent; and in other places (aim. 410, 428) declares, that the former might easily have been subdued, if the latter could have been expelled; and correction, not for the destruction, of his creatures. The error was indeed confuted, and presently died away; but the general dislocation of society which occasioned it must have suspended for a time the moral energies of man, and the period of his severest suffering may also have been that of his deepest depravity. NOTE ON CERTAIN ECCLESIASTICAL WRITERS OF THE FOURTH AND FIFTH CENTURIES. 1. It is probable that Lactantius was a native of Africa, since his first lessons were received from Arnobius, whose school was at Sicca, in that country; but the truth is not undoubtedly known, nor the year of his birth. It is only certain, that he witnessed and survived the persecution of Diocletian, and was selected, in his old age, as preceptor to Crispns, the son of Constantine. He was the most learned Christian of his...
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