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" In the primitive church the influence of truth was very powerfully strengthened by an opinion which, however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity, has not been found agreeable to experience. It was universally believed that the end... "
The Annual review and history of literature, A. Aiken ed - Page 137
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

Edward Gibbon - Byzantine Empire - 1783
...for its ufefulnefs and antiquity, has not been found agreeable to experience. ' It was univerfally believed, that the end of the world and the kingdom...The near approach of this wonderful event had been predifted by the apoftles ; the tradition of it it was preferved by their earlieft difciples, and c...
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The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 2

Edward Gibbon - Byzantine Empire - 1787
...refpect for its ufefuloefs and antiquity, has not been found agreeable to experience. It was univerfally believed, that the end of the world and the kingdom...at hand. The near approach of this wonderful event hid been predicted by the apoftles; the tradition of it was preferved by their earlieft difciples,...
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The Monthly Review

Ralph Griffiths, George Edward Griffiths - 1792
...it had witnefled his fécond appearance, it was univerfally believed, in the time of the apoftles, that the end of the world and the kingdom of heaven were at hand : but that the records of hiilory do not authorize us to conclude, that the prediction bas yet been...
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Representation of the Conduct and Opinions of the Primitive Christians ...

Henry Kett - 1792 - 298 pages
...intimates, it is as vain for us to conjecture, as difficult for him. to declare. " It was univerfally believed that the end " of the world and the kingdom of heaven " were '** were at hand." This aflertion is as deftitute of proof, as his affirmation " that the near " approach...
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The New annual register, or General repository of history, politics, and ...

1793
...fecond coming. This prediction, they contended, had excited an univerfal belief in the apoftolic age, that the end of the world, and the kingdom of Heaven were at hand i but that we have no evidence from hiftory, of its having been accomplif)i«d to this day. Mr. Nifbett...
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The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature

Tobias George Smollett - English literature - 1802
...asserted that " the near approach of the end of the world had been predicted by the apostles, and that those who understood, in their literal sense, the...discourses of Christ himself, were obliged to expect the second and glorious coming of the son of man in the clouds before that generation was totally extinguished,...
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The triumphs of Christianity over infidelity displayed, or the coming of the ...

Nehemiah Nisbett - 1802
...ulefulncfs and antiquity, has not been found "• to be agreeable to experience. It was univerfally believed " that the end of the world and the kingdom of heaven were ae hand. The near approach of this wonderful event had been predicted by the Apoftles ; the tradition...
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The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire, Volume 2

Edward Gibbon - Byzantine Empire - 1806
...opinion, which, however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity, has not been found agreeable to experience. It was universally believed,...it was preserved by their earliest disciples, and CHAP. those who understood in their literal sense the xv. discourses of Christ himself, were obliged...
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Illustrations of Prophecy ...

Joseph Towers - 1808
...seizes every opportunity of sjlently aiming a blow against the evidences of its divine original. ' Those who understood in their literal sense the discourses of Christ himself ' were,' says Mr. Gibbon, ' OBLIGED to expect the second and glorious coming of the son of man in the clouds,...
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The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire, Volume 2

Edward Gibbon - Byzantine Empire - 1810
...opinion, which however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity, has not been found agreeable to experience. It was universally believed, that the end of the world, aiid the kingdom of Heaven, were at hand. The near approach of this wonderful event had been predicted...
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