The Church's Task under the Roman Empire: Four Lectures with Preface, Notes, and an Excursus

The Church's Task under the Roman Empire: Four Lectures with Preface, Notes, and an Excursus

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The Church's Task under the Roman Empire: Four Lectures with Preface, Notes, and an Excursus

The Church's Task under the Roman Empire: Four Lectures with Preface, Notes, and an Excursus

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These four Lectures, delivered in the Oxford Schools in the Michaelmas Term of 1904, are an attempt to sketch in broad outlines the nature of the task which lay before the Church when she set out in obedience to the divine call to evangelize the Graeco-Roman world, and the degree in which she was enabled to fulfil that task within the compass of the first five centuries.

It is far too large a subject for so small a volume. On very many points I have only been able to indicate the quarters where information is to be found, and the problems that court further investigation. When I have ventured to give my own opinion it has been done, not without consideration, but briefly and rather too much ex cathedra. The reader must allow for all this. I shall be quite content if the Lectures are found to promote in any degree what is in fact their main object.

What is that object? It is to direct attention to the extreme importance of studying the relation between the Empire and the Church even in those days which preceded the recognition of Christianity by Constantine, and, further, of ascertaining as clearly as . . .

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