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THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND FALL OF THE CHURCH or
ROME ;

THE INQUISITION:
THE REVOLUTION OF FRANCE:
THE UNIVERSAL WAR ;
- AN ID
THE FINAL TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY.

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TO
THE RIGHT REVEREND
THOMAS,
LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY,

CHANCELLOR OF THE ORDER OF THE GARTER,

PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL society of LITERATURE,

&c. &c. &c. o, THIS VOLUME, `s Is (witH PERMISSION) DEDICATED, \\ . * * B Y

HIS LORDSHIP's VERY FAITH FUL

AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

LoNDON,

March, 1827.

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THERE is the strongest reason for believing, that as Judaea was chosen for the especial guardianship of the original Revelation; so has England been chosen for the especial guardianship of Christianity. The original Revelation declared the one true God; Paganism was its corruption, by substituting many false gods for the true. The second Revelation, Christianity, declared the one true Mediator; Popery was its corruption, by substituting many false mediators for the true. Both Paganism and Popery adopted the same visible sign of corruption, the worship of images. - - The Jewish history opens to us a view of the acting of Providence with a people appointed to the preserwation of the faith of God. Every tendency to receive the surrounding Idolatries into a participation of the honours of the true worship, every idolatrous touch was visited with punishment, and that punishment not left to the remote working of the corruption, but im- . mediate, and, by its directness, evidently designed to make the nation feel the high importance of the trust, and the final ruin that must follow its betrayal. A glance at the British history since the Reformation is enough to show how closely this Providential

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