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Table of Contents

Part 1. Persecution.

Chapter 1.Persecution:

Why Christians were persecuted. Why called "Atheists." — Rome full of temples and altars. — Christianity aggressive. — The burning of Rome, charged on the Christians. — Persecution by Nero. — Testimony of Tacitus. — The Twelve Apostles

Chapter 2.Insurrection of the Jews:

Often revolted under the Romans. — The Jews at Caesarea. — Florus attacks Jerusalem. — Treachery of the Jews. — Massacre of the Jews at Caesarea. — Cestius attacks Jerusalem. — Great victory of the Jews over the Romans. — Prophecies relating to thedestruction of Jerusalem. — Fearful sights and great signs. — The cry of Jesus, son of Ananus. — Josephus. — Ruler — Prophet — With the Romans. — Destruction of Jerusalem. — The Jews divided into factions. — The siege led by Titus. — Determined resistance of the Jews. — Mode of attack by the Romans. — Severe famine in the city. — A woman eats her child. — The city taken. — Titus desires to save the temple. — It is burnt. — The city destroyed. — Great slaughter and numerous prisoners. — Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 3.Further Persecutions.

The Romans attribute all calamities to the Christians. — Letter of Pliny to the Emperor Trajan. — Trajan's reply. — Ignatius. — Justin Martyr. — Polycarp. — Blandina. — Perpetua.

Chapter 4.The Apostolic Fathers:

Clement. — Polycarp. — Barnabas. — Ignatius. — Hermas. — None to be trusted as scripture.

Chapter 5.Attacks on Christianity.

Celsus. — Porphyry. — The Oracle of Delphi. — Hierocles. — The Apologies. — Justin Martyr. — Minucius Felix. — Athenagoras. — Tertullian

Chapter 6.The Catacombs.

How formed. — The testimony of the tablets. — A visitor's description.

Chapter 7.Miracles and Signs.

Their existence in the early church. — Exorcists.

Chapter 8.Offices in the Early Church.

Elders, Presbyters, and Bishops. — Undue exaltation of the bishops.

Chapter 9.Customs in the Church.

Reception into the Church. — Catechumens. — Fidelis. — Audientes — Baptism. — Forms of Worship. — Meetings on Sunday. — The Lord's Supper. — Taken weekly. — Singing. — Collection for the poor. — Bread and wine sent to the sick. — Water mixed with the wine. — Abuses creeping in. — Love Feasts. — Superstitions in the Church. — The sign of the cross. — Clergy and laity. — The Lord's Supper and Absolution. — Letter of Dionysius. — Celibacy of the Clergy. — Hippolytus and Callistus.

Chapter 10.Early Heresies.

What is heresy? — Gnosticism. — Arianism. — The Novatians. — The Lapsi.

Chapter 11.Cyprian and the Assumptions of Rome.

How were the "lapsi" to be treated? — Rome struggles for supremacy.

Chapter 12.The Later Persecutions.

Persecution of Decius. — The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus. — Origen. — Valerian and Diocletian. — Galerius. — The oracles consulted. — The ten persecutions. — The address to the church at Smyrna.

Part 2. Profession.

Chapter 1.Conversion of Constantine.

His vision. — Was he really a Christian?

Chapter 2.The Council of Nice.

The Nicene creed. — The Arians condemned. Easter — How calculated — How kept

Chapter 3.Athanasius and His Times.

The Arians in power. — Athanasius persecuted. — Death of Constantine. — Athanasius banished.

Chapter 4.Ambrose:

made a bishop suddenly. — Valens emperor in the East. — Eighty ministers burnt in a ship. — The Second General Council. — Ambrose rashly opposes Valentinian II. — Revolt at Thessalonica. — Massacre of the inhabitants. — Penance demanded of the emperor.

Chapter 5.Chrysostom and His Times.

He finds being an advocate and a Christian inconsistent. — Chrysostom an ascetic. — His trick on his friend Basil. — His narrow escape. — He cannot crucify the flesh. — Made a presbyter and preaches. — The revolt at Antioch. — Made bishop of Constantinople by Eutropius. — Not liked by the clergy. — Popular with the bishops. — He aids Eudoxia in carrying relics to her new chapel. — Protects Eutropius when condemned to death. — He ventures to the Gothic camp. — The Tall Brethren. — Plots against Chrysostom. — He is deposed and banished. — The fright by an earthquake restores him. — Eudoxia's image condemned by Chrysostom. — Again he is deposed and banished. — His great usefulness in his long banishment, — Removed to a more severe climate. — His death.

Chapter 6. The Donatist Schism.

Their doctrine of separation from evil, good. — Their practice bad. — The Circumcelliones. — Augustine. — His works.

Chapter 7.Pelagianism.

Pelagius condemned. — His doctrine. — Semi-Pelagianism

Chapter 8.Monasticism.

St. Anthony. — Simon Stylites. — The Essenes. — Egyptians. — What led to Monasticism. — The Scriptures preserved and copied by Monks.

Chapter 9.Christianity in Britain.

The Druids. — Their human sacrifices. — Christianity in England early. — Was Claudia a British Christian? — St. Patrick and Ireland. — Scotland.

Chapter 10.Councils in the Church.

The General Councils: The first at Nice. — The second at Constantinople. — The third at Ephesus. — Eutyches condemned. — The Robbers' Meeting. — The fourth at Chalcedon. — The Nicene creed confirmed. — What Scripture for Councils. — What authority over Christians.

Chapter 11.The Western Church.

Leo the Great, bishop of Rome. — Saves the city of Rome. — Defends the faith. — Manichaeism. — The Priscillianists. — Leo anxious for universal supremacy. — His conflict with Hilary of Arles. — His death.

Chapter 12.Close of the Fifth Century.

Conflicts with the Arians. — The Monophysites. — The Henoticon. — The bishops of Rome and Constantinople excommunicate each other. — The professing church rent into parties. — The address to the church at Pergamos

Chapter 13.The Bible for the Church

Translated into many languages.

Chapter 14.Conclusion.

Review of the whole period.

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