Gibbon Chapter XV

  • The growth of Christianity "was most effectually favoured and assisted by the five following causes: I. The inflexible, and, if we may use the expression, the intolerant zeal of the Christians, derived, it is true, from the Jewish religion, but purified from the narrow and unsocial spirit which, instead of inviting, had deterred the Gentiles from embracing the law of Moses. II. The doctrine of a future life, improved by every additional circumstance which could give weight and efficacy to that important truth. III. The miraculous powers ascribed to the primitive church. IV. The pure and austere morals of the Christians. V. The union and discipline of the Christian republic, which gradually formed an independent and increasing state in the heart of the Roman empire."
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1 Response to Gibbon Chapter XV

  1. thinking_lotus says:

    It’s known to be a high-stress occupation.

    All that aside, the language you quote suggests tentativeness on the part of the writer or character, like he can’t quite believe what he’s getting up to.

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