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cultivate the means by which our faith may be invigorated, our hope enlivened, our charity confirmed, and our affections elevated to the things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God! The veil now thrown over this preliminary state, and concealing from our view celestial objects, shall be speedily removed.
Then bidding an adieu to prejudices which darken the understanding, irritate the temper, and deform the spirit, we shall embrace each other with perfect love, and shall be astonished at ourselves for having been on earth so addicted to unprofitable disputations, and so backward to the exercise of brotherly kin.Iness, and of Christian charity.
Almighty God! look down on thine erring creatures. Pity their darkness and imperfection. Direct them into the truth as it is in Jesus. Banish from their hearts the bitterness of censure. Cherish in their miuds a spirit of moderation avd . love towards their fellow Christians. To their zeal add knowledge, and to their knowledge charily. Make thein humble under the difficule ties wbich adhere to their faith, and patient un. der the perplexities which accompany their pracfice. Guide them by thy counsel, and, through the mediation of thy Son Jesus Christ, receite them into thy kingdom and glory! Amen.
RECAPITULATORY TABLE, .
SHEWING AT ONE VIEW THE NAMES, AND THE ORIGIN OF THE NAMES, BY WHICH THE CHIEF SECTS IN THE
CHRISTIAN WORLD ARE DISTINGUISHED,
Institutions, Rewards, and Punishments and its Evidences are, Prophecy, Miracles, Internal Character,
Its Professors hold various opinions, and are thus denominated:
According to their opinions respecting the Person of Christ,
ISCOPALIANS, from Episcopus, the Latin term for Bishop, Inspector, or Overseer of a Diocese.
DISSENTERS, from the Latin word dissentio, to disagree with, or dissent from any Person or Body,
of the leading Events of ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY,
from the Birth of Christ down to the present Times.
1 JESUS CHRIST born at Bethlehem, in Judea, now called
the Holy Land, the World being four thousand years old. 8 Our Saviour disputes with the Jewish doctors, 26 John the Baptist enters on his ministry, 99 Christ is baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan,
preparatory to his entering on his ministry. 33 He is crucified under Pontius Pilate, rises from the dead
on the third day, and six weeks after ascends up into heaven, with the solemn assurance of his appearing a
second tine at the end of the world. 35 The miraculous conversion of the apostle Paul. 39 St. Matthew writes his gospel. 44 St. Mark writes his gospel. 52 Council of the apostles at Jerusalem. 62 St. Paul sent in bonds to Rome. 64 The first persecution against the Christians. 66 The Jewish war begins, 67 St. Peter and St. Paul put to death. 70 Jerusalem utterly destroyed by the Romans. 95 The second persecution against the Christians. 99 St. John dies in the 1028 year of his age. 102 Pliny the Younger sends Trajan his celebrated account of 257 The eighth persecution against the Christians. 272 The ninth persecution against the Christians. 303 The tenth persecution against the Christians.
the Christians. . 107 The third persecntion against the Christians. 118 The fourth persecution against the Christians. 130 Adrian rebuilds Jerusalem." 135 Conclusion of the Jewish war. 202 The fifth persection against the Christians. 235 The sixth persecution against the Christians. 50 The seventh persecution against the Christians.
After this series of persecutions Christianity becomes the
established religion of the Roman empire--for 311 Constantine was converted to the religion of Christ, and
Heathenism is every where abolished. 395 The first general council at Nice. 343 Persecution of the Christians in Persia. 449 The Saxous arrive in Britain. 476 The Western Empire finishes.. 430 Ten horns or kingdoms founded out of the Romish empire,
and subject to the Pope. 496 Clovis baptized, and Christianity embraced in France. 516 The computing of time by the Christian æra introduced
by Dionysius. 597 Augustine the Monk arrires in England. 606 Bishop of Rome constituted universal head of the church. 6:22 Mahomet establishes his religion. 637 Jerusalem taken by the Saracens. 698 The Picts in England embrace Christianity. 749 The computing of years from the birth of Christ began to
be used in histories about this time. 756 The popes become civil lords in Italy, whence they gra
dually claimed their dominiou over all the earts. 800 The German empire founded by Charlemagne. 878 Alfred founds the University of Oxford.
915 The University of Cambridge founded.. · 1054 Leo IX. the first pope that kept an army. 1065 Jerusalem taken by the Turks from the Saracens. 1006 The conquest of England under William, Duke of Nor
mandy. 1096 The first crusade to Palestine begun under several Chris.
tian princes, to drive the Spideis or Unbelievers from
the Holy Land. 1110 Learning revived at the University of Cambridge. 1147 The second crusade.