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OR, THE RELIGION OF THE

. ANCIENT CHRISTIANS

IN THE FIRST AGES OF THE GOSPEL.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF PAGANISM UNDER THE FIRST

CHRISTIAN EMPERORS ; AND THE LIVES OF JUSTIN MARTTR AND ST. CYPRIAN.

BY WILLIAM CAVE, D.D.

IN TWO VOLS.

'Ουκ εν λόγοις, άλλ' έν έργοις τα της ημετέρας
θεοσεβείας πράγματα.

Just. Mart. Parænes. ad Græc. p. 33.
Nos non habitu Sapientiam, sed mente præeferimus :
Non eloquimur magna, sed vivimus.

Minuc. Fel. Dial. pag. 31.

WITH AN

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INTRODUCTORY ESSAY, AND NOTES,

BY THE REV. WM. TROLLOPE, M.A. VICAR OF GREAT WIGSTON, LEICESTERSHIRE ; AND LATE ONE OF THE CLASSICAL

MASTERS OF CHRIST'S HOSPITAL.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
John Hatchard and Son, Piccadilly;
WASTTAKER & CO. AVE-MARIA LANE; SIMPKIN & MARSHALI
STATIONERS' COURT; TALBOYS, OXFORD; DEIGHTON
CAMBRIDGE: OLIVER & BOYD, EDINBURGH;

AND CUMMING, DUBLIN

MPCCCxxxv.

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CONTENT..

PART II.

CONTINUED.

CHAPTER VI.- Page 1.
Of their Readiness and Constancy in professing their Religion.

CHAPTER VII._Page 15.
Of their exemplary Patience under sufferings.

PART III.

OF THEIR RELIGION AS RESPECTING OTHER MEN.

CHAPTER 1.- Page 49.
Of their Justice and Honesty.

CHAPTER II.- Page 65.
Of their admirable Love and Charity.

CHAPTER III.- Page 95.
Of their Unity and Peaceableness.

CHAPTER IV.---Page 110. Of their Obedience and Subjection to Civil Government.

CHAPTER V.- Page 125. Of their Penance, and the Discipline of the ancient Church.

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Of their Readiness and Constancy in professing their

Religion. When our blessed Saviour sent out his disciples to preach the Gospel, he acquainted them with the difficulties that were like to attend their message, but withal bad them arm themselves with constancy and resolution, and not to regard the scoffs and reproaches, the miseries and sufferings that might fall upon them : 'not to fear them that could only kill the body, but to make a free and bold confession of his name before the world, and cheerfully to “take up their cross and follow him." St. Paul, though himself then in chains at Rome, exhorts the Christians to 'stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel, being in nothing terrified by their adversaries, it being given them on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake," :

· Matt. 8. 28, 38; xvi. 24; Luke, ix. 23; xii. 4.
2 Phil. i. 27–29.
VOL. II.

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