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PRE FA C E.
WHEN the enterprising publishers of this volume applied to me to edit a new edition of Maclaine's translation of these Institutes of Mosheim, I declined to undertake the task, on account of the numerous defects of that translation, and the impossibility of rectifying them without undergoing the labour of an entirely new version. At the same time, I directed
their attention to this excellent translation by Dr. Murdock, which had been very favourably received both in the United States and in this
country; and stated my belief that a cheap reprint of it in one volume was much wanted, in order the more effectually to supersede Maclaine's unsatisfactory translation, and to furnish English readers with an accurate
version of a work which, under many disadvantages, has long been one of our most popular works on Ecclesiastical History. The publishers adopted this suggestion, and I have accordingly endeavoured to execute
the task assigned me with diligence and fidelity, but without the advan
tage of having had time to make any special preparation before engaging
in it. The first American edition of Dr. Murdock's translation was used so far as the fourth century, when the second and, I believe, last edition of 1845 was obtained from New-York, and thenceforward adopted as the basis of this edition. I have ventured to revise the translation in various places, either to bring it closer to the original text, or to correct a few
inaccuracies of style. Several lengthy documents elsewhere accessible in
English, and some details of inferior interest, have been occasionally
mentary matter of this sort. My principal aim was, to point out to the student additional sources of information, and especially to direct the English reader to those works in his own e, whether original
omitted from the notes of the translator, lest the work might prove too
bulky for a single volume; and I have supplied throughout a number of
additional notes which are marked with the letter—I’. In compiling these notes, my object was not so much to supply new
facts or corrections overlooked by preceding cditors, because it appeared
to me that the text had been already rather too much overlaid by supple
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works or translations, which illustrated the topics discussed in to..
or the accompanying notes. I was induced to keep in view the wants or ||
this class of readers from the conviction that this work of Mosheim had long furnished, and I have no doubt will continue to furnish, a larger number of English readers than is generally supposed, with all the knowledge they possess of the history of the church. I thought it right, therefore, to render this new edition, adapted as it is from its cheapness
for general use, as profitable as possible to those who may not be con
versant with ancient or modern languages. At the same time, I hope ||
the learned reader, and especially the professional student, will derive from the notes I have supplied, some further assistance in their study of this branch of history, in addition to what the erudite translator had already so abundantly furnished in his many valuable notes, both original and selected.
I cannot take leave of this work without expressing my regret that
more time had not been allowed me for preparing for and perfecting this i.
edition. The greatest care however has been taken, both by the publishers and myself, to render all the quotations and references as faithful and correct as possible; and this new cdition is now offered to the public in the confident hope that, though capable of further improvement, it will be found more complete and valuable than any other which has yet appeared.
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Worship–11, (IV.) Heresies—12, Events must be
CIIAP. I.-TILE civil AND RELIGrous state
cmpire classed—19, Philosophers unable to reform
Chap. II.-TIIE civil AND RELIGIous state
Attention to the poor, and a community of goods
CIIAP. W. — The ADVERSE EvDNTS of TIIE