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" The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful. "
A view of the evidences of Christianity - Page 33
by William Paley - 1811
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The Works of William Paley: With a Life of the Author, Volume 4

William Paley - Theology - 1825 - 454 pages
...of their country in a great Measure depended. I am willing to accept the account of the matter whieh is given by Mr. Gibbon: " The various modes of worship...all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosopher as equally fklse, and by the magistrate as equally useful;" and I wonld ask from which...
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The Eclectic review. vol. 1-New [8th], Volume 24

1825 - 600 pages
...8vo. (Butterworth.) gard to Pagan toleration, to the history of our own country in the present age. ' The various modes of worship which prevailed in the...all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosopher as equally false, and by the magistrate as equally useful. The devout Polytheist, though...
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The Christian Advocate, Volume 3

Presbyterian Church in the U.S. - 1825 - 594 pages
...remarks of Gibbon, in regard to Pagan toleration, to the history of our own country in the present age. "The various modes of worship which prevailed in the...all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosopher as equally false, and by the, magistrate as equally useful. The devout Polytheist, though...
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The cottage Bible and family expositor; the authorized tr., with ..., Volume 3

Thomas Williams (Calvinist preacher) - 1825 - 972 pages
...historian of the Roman Empire observes : " The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Romau generations ; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Chri philosopher, as equally false ; and by the magistrate, as equally useful." (Gibbon's Rome, vol. i....
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The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and ..., Volume 21

Asia - 1826 - 842 pages
...convenience. " The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world," says the same writer, " were all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosophers as equally falte, and by the magistrates as equally useful." Let us now consider briefly the nature of the religion...
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Evidences of Christianity ; Moral and political philosophy

William Paley - Theology - 1828 - 610 pages
...celebration also of its rites, the people were taught to believe, and did believe, that the prosperity of the country in a great measure depended. I am willing...all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosopher as equally false, and by the magistrate as equally useful:" and I would ask from which...
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Peri deisidaimonias. Plutarchus, and Theophrastus, on supersition; with [a ...

Plutarchus - 1828 - 286 pages
...the Roman government, especially in later times, is inimitably described in the following passages of Gibbon : "The various modes of worship, which prevailed...considered, — by the people, as equally true, — by the philosopher, as equally false, — and by the magistrate, as equally useful. * (Decl. & Fall, ch. 2,...
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A Discourse Pronounced at the Request of the Essex Historical Society on the ...

Joseph Story - Massachusetts - 1828 - 108 pages
...gods. Gibbon's splendid description of the Roman religion is true of nearly the whole ancient world. ' The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the...considered by the people, as equally true ; by the philosopher, as equally false ; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced,...
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The Diegesis: Being a Discovery of the Origin, Evidences, and Early History ...

Robert Taylor - Free thinkers and freethought - 1829 - 466 pages
...resistance to the only faithful and rational account of the matter, so elegantly given us by Gibbon.f " The various modes of worship which prevailed in the...considered, by the people as equally true, — by the philosopher, as equally false, — and by the magistrate, as equally useful. " Both the interests of...
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The Works of William Paley ...: Comprising the Additional Volume ..., Volume 2

William Paley - Sermons - 1830 - 378 pages
...business or pleasure, of public or private life, with all the offices and amusements of society.' Upon the due celebration also of its rites, the people...all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosopher as equally false, and by the magistrate as equally useful : ' and I would ask, from which...
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