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Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Vol. 2)

Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Vol. 2)

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If we seriously consider the purity of the Christian religion, the sanctity of its moral precepts, and the innocent as well as austere lives of the greater number of those who during the first ages embraced the faith of the gospel, we should naturally suppose, that so benevolent a doctrine would have been received with due reverence, even by the unbelieving world; that the learned and the polite, however they may deride the miracles, would have esteemed the virtues, of the new sect; and that the magistrates, instead of persecuting, would have protected an order of men who yielded the most passive obedience to the laws, though they declined the active cares of war and government.
If we seriously consider the purity of the Christian religion, the sanctity of its moral precepts, and the innocent as well as austere lives of the greater number of those who during the first ages embraced the faith of the gospel, we should naturally suppose, that so benevolent a doctrine would have been received with due reverence, even by the unbelieving world; that the learned and the polite, however they may deride the miracles, would have esteemed the virtues, of the new sect; and that the magistrates, instead of persecuting, would have protected an order of men who yielded the most passive obedience to the laws, though they declined the active cares of war and government.

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THE
DECLINE
 AND
 FALL
OF THE
 
ROMANEMPIRE
 
VOLUME 2
EDWARD GIBBON
 
 
2
HISTORY OF THE DECLINE ANDFALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
VOLUME 2
EDWARD GIBBON
COVER: LANDSAPE PAINTING, THE ARCH OF CONSTATINE WITH THE COLOSSEUM BY
GIOVANNIPAOLO PANINI (1691-1765)
 
 
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