This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1862 Excerpt: ... LECTURE V. CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES. The dark ages: foretold—Marked by doctrinal errors, immorality, worldly influence.—The Crusades: their origin, object, progress.—The Waldenses: their history, doctrines, character—Bishop Claude—Missionary efforts—Revivals—Mission in England.—Persecution: Bull of Innocent III.—Horrible persecutions—Milton's sonnet—An Inquisitor converted—The Waldenses arm in self-defence.—The Churches compared—Lessons taught. The period to which this lecture belongs lies principally between the close of the fifth, and the commencement of the fourteenth century. This period, known as the dark ages, is particularly noted as the time when the gospel of Christ was perverted, and a spurious and ridiculous form of Christianity was established in its stead. But God left not himself without a witness in these days of darkness, for, as a light shining in darkness, the Waldensian Church stood out in strong contrast against the crime and folly which were then so commonly connected with the Christian name. We will endeavour to exhibit these two phases of the Christian religion in the following pages. The Apostle Paul foretold that the time should come when men would "turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned unto fables." The mystery of iniquity began to work in the Apostles' age; but there loomed in the distance " one whose coming is after the manner of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders." This prediction was minutely accomplished in the history of the dominant church in the middle ages, when the plain, earnest, lifegiving ministry of Christ and his Apostles was changed for the puerilities of human fancy. The pride of the imperial city was cherished in the appointment of the Pope as " Universal Bishop....
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