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rience; nor is any such fact alleged in any oi vicii i'upan, bain the apostolical writings as having actually unity to the armies of the Crescent and the occurred. There is, indeed, no good reason barbarians of the North—then Monastic, to suppose that such miraculous though that learning, art, and piety might be pretransient disturbances of the laws of the served in impregnable retreats amidst the VOL XVI. NO. IV.

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Correspondance inédite, de Mabillon et de Montfaucon, avec L'Italie. Par M. VA

LERY. Paris : 1846.

MIDDLETON and Gibbon rendered a real, material or the moral world, would have long however undesigned, a service to Christianity or powerfully controlled either the belief or by attempting to prove that the rapid exten- the affections of mankind. The heavenly hussion of the Primitive Church was merely the bandman selected the kindliest soil and the natural result of natural causes. For what most propitious season for sowing the grain better proof could be given of the divine of mustard seed; and so, as time rolled on, origin of any religion than by showing that the adaptation of our faith to the character it had at once overspread the civilized world, and the exigencies of our race was continually by the expansive power of an inherent apti- made manifest, though under new and ever tude to the nature and to the wants of varying forms. mankind ? By entering on a still wider range

Thus the Church was at first Congregaof inquiry: those great but disingenuous tional, that by the agitation of the lowest writers might have added much to the evidence strata of society the superincumbent mass of of the fact they alleged, although at a still corruption, idolatry, and mental servitude greater prejudice to the conclusion at which might be broken up—then Synodal or Presthey aimed.

byterian, that the tendency of separate It is not predicted in the Old Testament societies to heresy and schism might be that the progress of the Gospel should, to counteracted—then Episcopal, that in ages any great extent, be the result of any agency of extreme difficulty and peril, the whole preternatural and opposed to ordinary expe- body might act in concert and with decisionrience; nor is any such fact alleged in any of then Papal, that it might oppose a visible the apostolical writings as having actually unity to the armies of the Crescent and the occurred. There is, indeed, no good reason barbarians of the North—then Monastic, to suppose that such miraculous though that learning, art, and piety might be pretransient disturbances of the laws of the served in impregnable retreats amidst the VOL XVI. NO. IV.

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