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who are approved ministers are also members of this meeting, which is called the Meeting for Sufferings; a name arising from its original purpose, which is not yet become entirely obsolete.
The yearly meeting has intrusted the Meeting for Sufferings with the care of printing and distributing books, and with the management of its stock;" and, considered as a standing committee of the Yearly meeting, it hath a general care of whatever may arise, during the intervals of that meeting, affecting the society, and requiring immediate attention; particularly of those circumstances which may occasion an application to Government.
'Í'here is not in any of the meetings which have been mentioned, any president, as we believe that Divine Wisdom alone ought to preside; nor hath any member a right to claim pre-eminence over the rest. The office of clerk, with a few exceptions, is undertaken voluntarily by some member; as is also the keeping of the records. Where these are very voluminous, and require a house for their deposite, as is the case in London, where the general records of the society in Great Britain are kept, a clerk is hired to have the care of them; but except a few clerks of this kind, and persons who have the care of meeting-houses, none receive any stipend or gratuity for their services in our religious society.
Thus have we given a view of the foundation and establishment of our discipline; by which it will be seen, that it is not, as hath been frequently insinuated, merely the work of modern times; but was the early care and concern of our pious predecessors. We cannot better close this short sketch of it, than by observing, that if the exercise of discipline should in some instances appear to pres hard upon those, who neglecting the monitions of divine counsel in their hearts, are also unwilling to be accountable to their brethren; yet, if that great, leading, and indispensable rule, enjoined by our Lord, be observed by those who undertake to be active in it, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them," it will prevent the censure of the church from falling on any thing
o This is an occasional voluntary contribution, expended in printing books, bouserent for a clerk, and his wages for keeping records, the passage of ministers who visit their brethren beyond sea, and some small incidental charges.
Matt. vii. 12.
but that which really obstructs the progress of truth. Discipline will then promote, in an eminent degree, that love of our neighbour, which is the mark of discipleship, and without which a profession of love to God, and to his cause, is a vain pretence, “ He,” said the beloved disciple, " that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love bis brother also.999
The following Tables have been compiled with much attention and pains from the best authors; and it is therefore hoped that they will be considered as a useful addition to Dr. Mosheim's work; and the more so, as they are not confined to the persons and things contained in it.
The dates, that are placed in the columns which contain the Sovereign Princes and Popes, are designed to mark the year of their decease.
As several of the Ecclesiastical and Theological Writers, mentioned in these tables, deserve a place also among
Profane Authors, on account of their Philosophical
, Literary, or Historical Productions; so their names will be repeated in the two distinct columns that contain the learned men of each century.
It is further to be observed that the Romish Church, even long before the time of the Reformation, looked upon many persons as Heretics, whom we, on our principles, cannot consider in the same light, and whose doctrines really tended to promote that Reformation in which we glory. I have therefore, in many places, added the words real or reputed after Heretics, rather than seem to submit to the decisions of a superstitious Church in this matter.
Popes or Ecclesiasti-
Heretico, Remarkable Events
Roman Em-The succes- The Evan- Dositheus. The tax of Augu:- Titus Livius. perors. sion of the gelists & Simon Ma- tus Cæsar.
Germanicus. first Bishops Apostles. gus.
sented to Jesus Christ Valerius Nero 68 We shall Permas. Philetus, by the wise men frorc Maximus. Galba 69 herein fol- Philo, the
who, loge. the East.
Phædrus. Otho 69 low the Jew.
Verrius Vitellius 70 learned Bp. Flavius Jo-Demas and The four passover: Flaccus, Vespasian Pearson. sephus. Diotrephes, celebrated by Christ. Strabo. 79 are rather to
Dionysius of Titus 81 Linus,
These arelbe consider John the Baptist Alexand.
Evaristus, ecclesiasti- heretics. death, resurrection, Sencca, the
Philosothe first cen laitans.
pher and The dates tury that are Ebion. The descent of the poet. of the deaths now extant. The Naza- Holy Ghost. Vellejus Paof the Roman For the let renes. St. Stephen, the terculus. Pontiffs are ter of Jesus
Cremutius not the same Christ to N.B. The The conversion of Isidore of in the ac Abgarus Ebionites & St. Paul.
Charax. counts of king of
Nazarenes, Institution of Aga-Celsus, the chronolo Edessa--the though ge- pæ, or feasts of cha- Physician. gers. gospels, Acts, nerally pla-rity.
Massurius Petau, Epistles, and ced by the Baptism is adminis- Sabinus. Fleury, Liturgies, Learned in tered by immersion. Dydimis of Pearson, that have the first cen Several Christian Alexand. Marcel, (besides tury, yet be-churches founded. Cocceius Pfaff, Bower, those which long more
The first persecu Nerva. Lenglet, and we esteem properly to tion under Nero. Philo, the others, differ Canonical) the second. The oracles redu Jew. frequently been attri
ced to silence, a du- Pomponius in this res- buted to the
bious, or rather a fa Mela.
bulous story. Columella. Itheir differ-as also the
The destruction of Remmius ences some- Epistles of
Palemon times are Mary to lg
The accounts of a Votienus. considerable natius, and
lispute between St. VOL. IV.
cal & TheoBishops of Rome.
Heretics. Remarkable Events.
For exam- others the ple, the Acts of Pi. death of latethe Pope Anice-Epistles of tus is placed Seneca to St. by Petau and Paul, &c. Lenglet, in must be conthe year161, sidered as by Pearson 'apocryphal and Pfaff io & spurious. 162, by The works Fleury, that bear the Walsh, and name of Din, Bower, in onysius the 1168. Areopagite
As it is im- were forged possible to in the Filth reconcile
Century. these histo rians, and dillicult oft. en to decide which calcu.' lates best, we shall fol'low Pearson and Plafi a: .the surest zuides.
Peter and Simon the Servilias Magician at Rome, Marcus. and of a Statue, ha- AnnæusCorving been erected to nutus. the latter in that city.Lucian. seem idle fictions. Androma.
The second perse- chus. cution of the Chris. Petronius. tians under Domi- Persius. Tian.
Epictetus. St. John thrown Dioscorides. into a caldron of boil- Flavius Jo. ing oil, a dubious sephus, story.
Silius Itali, | The adventures of cus. Apollonius Tyaneus. Valerius