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BY THE LATE
GEORGE CAMPBELL, D.D.
PRINCIPAL OF MARISCHAL COLLEGE, ABERDEEN.
THE THIRD EDITION.
The following Lectures on Ecclesiastical History are an important branch of a course of Theological Lectures, originally delivered in Marischal College, Aberdeen, to the students of Divinity in that University. For more than the last twenty years of the Author's life, he devoted the greater part of his time to his Lectures delivered to the Students of Divi. nity, and those contained in the present volume, and now offered to the Public, were considered as the most important and entertaining of the whole. He had transcribed and revised them, and was every season making considerable amendments and additions to the Work. The Publication has been called for, by the Students and others, with an eagerness which of late has seldom attended the appearance of a theological piece. Those who are acquainted with the other works of Dr. Campbell, will na'turally expect in these Lectures something of that clearness of apprehension, and acuteness of investigation, so conspicuously displayed in the Dissertation on Miracles, in answer to David Hume, Esq. nor will they be disappointed. And such as understand the subject, will admire the Doctor's well
digested learning, and easily discover the importance of a correct historical deduction of the
progress of church power, the establishment of a hierarchy, and how clear and decisive it is, in all that may be termed the hinge of the controversy between what has been denominated high church and others. Very seldom, indeed, has the subject been treated with the ability, impartiality, and moderation, which characterize the following pages.
Of the principal causes which tended to raise the church