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THE

CRADLE OF THE CHRIST.

A STUDY IN

PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY.

BY

OCTAVIUS BROOKS FROTHINGHAM.

NEW YORK:
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS.

1 82 FIFTH AVENUE.

KE 2148

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

SHELDON FUND
JULY 10. 1940

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Copyright, G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS.

1877

PREFACE.

The literary intention of this volume is sufficiently declared in the opening paragraph, and need not be foreshadowed in a preface; but as the author's deeper motive may be called in question, he takes the liberty to say a word or two in more particular explanation. The thought has occurred to him on reading over what he has written, as a casual reader might, that, in his solicitude to make his positions perfectly clear, and to state his points concisely, he may have laid himself open to the charge of carrying on a controversy under the pretence of explaining a literature. Such a reproach, his heart tells him, would be undeserved. He disclaims all purpose and desire to weaken the moral supports of any form of religion ; as little purpose or desire to undermine Christianity, as to revive Judaism. It is his honest belief that no genuine interests of religion are compromised by scientific or literary studies; that religion is independent of history, that Christianity is independent of the New Testament. He is cordially per

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