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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON & co.
Printed by T. K & P. G. Collins.
SEVERAL years have elapsed since the author of this manual published his Antiquities of the Christian Church, as a translation and compilation from Augusti and other
Certain circumstances incidental to that publication, which need not be detailed in this place, directed the writer to new and more extensive investigations upon the whole subject of the constitution, discipline, worship, and rites of the ancient church. The results of these inquiries have been, in part, given to the public in another form.*
The interest thus incidentally awakened in this branch of ecclesiastical history directed the writer to continue with renewed diligence the study of the archæology of the church. In the course of these studies, the original compilation on the antiquities of the church has been entirely remodelled, to a great extent rewritten, and repeatedly revised, with additions and omissions, until it has assumed the character of an independent work, rather than the form of a reprint of the former edition.
The archæology of the church is introduced by a brief view of the religious character of the primitive Christians
* The Apostolical and Primitive Church, Popular in its Government and Simple in its Worship