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OR,

THE DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE OF THE

CHURCH OF ROME

UNDER COMMODUS AND ALEXANDER SEVERUS:

AND

ANCIENT AND MODERN CHRISTIANITY AND DIVINITY

COMPARED.

BY CHRISTIAN CHARLES JOSIAS BUNSEN,

D.C.L.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

The Apology of Hippolytus, and the Genuine Liturgies of
the Ancient Church.

WITH BERNAYSII EPISTOLA CRITICA.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

1852.

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PREFACE.

I CONCLUDE this work about the anniversary of the day on which, last year, I wrote the first of my Letters to Archdeacon Hare. The first two Volumes, together with the Apology of Hippolytus, were written and printed in the last six months of 1851; the third and fourth in the first six months of 1852.

The Apology of Hippolytus is designed to complete the picture of a man and of an age representing the beginnings of Christianity, and throwing therefore a new light on its prospects, which are those of the human race.

The second part of this Volume presents a succinct account of the gradual formation of the Christian worship and rituals in the ancient Church, and gives the texts of the liturgies for the first time critically and historically arranged.

But I cannot take leave of my readers without adding a word on the Ignatian question, upon which the work of Hippolytus bears, directly or indirectly, in so many respects.

I believe I have done something in this book to

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