An Ecclesiastical History, Antient and Modern, from the Birth of Christ to the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century, Vol. 6 of 6: In Which the Rise, ... Connexion with the State of Learning and P

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Complete and finished piece. Fatiguing II. The doctrines of Christianity have heen pro ouspmtfepagated In Ana, Africa, and America, with equal the church zeal, both by the Protestant and Popish mission 2; (1831's? Aries. But we cannot say the same thing of the true spirit of the Gospel, or of the religious disci pline and institutions that it recommends to the observance of Christians, for it is an undeniable fact, that many of those whom the Romish missionaries have persuaded to renounce their false gods, are Christians only as far as an external profession and certain religious ceremonies go; and that, instead of departing from the super stitions of then ancestors, they observe them still, though under a different form. We have, indeed, pompous accounts of the mighty success with which the ministry of the Jesuits has been attended among the barbarous and unenlightened nations; and the French Jesuits in particular are said to have converted Innumerable multitudes in the course of their missions. This perhaps cannot be altogther denied, if we are to call those converts to Christianity who have received some faint and superficial notions of the doctrines of the Gospel; for it 'is well known, that several congregations of web Christians have been formed by the Jesuits in the eon-indies, and more especially In the kingdoms ofcarnate, Madam, and Mara'va, on the coast of Malabar, in the kingdom of Touquin, the Chinese empire, and also in certain provinces of America. These conversions have, in outward appearance, -been carried on with particular success, since anthony viiiti has had the direction of the foreign missions, and has taken such special care, that neither hands should be wanting for this Spiritual harvest, nor any.

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