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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.



CHRISTIANITY is a Revelation from God by his Son Jesus Christ --consists of Doctrines, Precepts, Positive

Institutions, Rewards, and Punishments and its Evidences are, Prophecy, Miracles, Internal Character,
together with its rapid Propagation, both among Jews and Gentiles.

Its Professors hold various opinions, and are thus denominated:

According to their opinions respecting the Person of Christ,
RINITARIANS, from the Latin word Trinitas, which denotes a threefold unity in the Godhead.
SABELLIANS, from Sabellius, who lived in the third century, and held a modal or nominal Trinity ,
ARIANS, from Arins, a popular divine of Alexandria, who fourished about the year 315.
SOCINIANS, from Faustus Socinus, who died near Cracow, in Poland, about the year 160+.

According to their opinions respecting the Means and Measure of God's Favour.
CAI VINISTS, from John Calvin, a Reformer, who flourished at Genera about 1540.
ARMINIANS, from James Arminius, the disciple of Beza, who flourished about 1600.
BASTERIANS, from Richard Baxter, an eminent Puritan, who died in the year 1691.
ANTINOMIANS, compounded of two Greek terms, arth against, and ropos the moral law.

According to their opinions respecting Church Government and the Administration of Ceremonies.
PAPISTS, from the Latin word for Pope, Papa, signifying a Father, or Parent, and ususally resides at Rome?
GREEK CHURCH, (chiefly Russian) from their native language, which is the Greek tongue. "
PROTESTANTS, from their most solemnly protesting against a decree of Charles the Fifth, 1529.

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,
PRESBYTERIANS, from the Greek Tipe Bulepos, signifying Elder, Senior, or Presbyter.
INDEPENDENTS, froin the independency of each Church in its own discipline or government.
BAPTISTS, from the Greek verb Banlw, signifying to baptize, dip, or immerse.
PÆDOBAPTISTS, from the Greek words Ilais and Bazilu, a baptizer of infants.
SCOTCH CHURCH, or Kirk, established in Scotland, by means of John Knox, died 1572.
SECEDERS, from the Latin secedo, signifying to secede or withdraw oneself from any Person or Body,


QUAKERS, from the agitation or quaking with which their first preachers addressed their auditors.
METHODISTS, from the first methodical strictness of their religious conduct,
JUMPERS, from the act of jumping used in their religious services.
MORAVIANS, from Moravia, the country whence they first arose.
UNIVERSALISTS, from the belief that all men will be finally happy..
SANDEMANIANS, from Robert Sandeman, a popular writer amongst them.
SABBATARIANS, from their observance of the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day.
HUTCHINSONIANS, from John Hutchinson, born in Yorkshire, in the year 1674.
MUGGLETONIANS, from John Muggleton, who lived in the days of Cromwell,
MYSTICS, froin MUOTIZOS, a Greek word importing a secret mysterious meaning.
SWEDENBORGIANS, from Emanuet Suedenburg, who died in London, in ihe year 1772.
MILLENARIANS, from the Latin mille, a thousand, the years of Chrits's future reign upon Earth.



of the leading Events of ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY,

from the Birth of Christ down to the present Times.

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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.

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