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IN REFERENCE TO THE
UNION OF CHRISTIANS,
AS PLEADED IN THE
BY A. CAMPBELL.
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & co. STATIONERS’-HALL COURT; P. C. GRAY,
EDINBURGH; AND T. KIRK, NOTTINGHAM.
SINCE the full development of the great apostacy foretold by prophets and apostles, numerous attempts at reformation have been made. Three full centuries, carrying with them the destinies of countless millions, have passed into eternity since the Lutheran effort to dethrone the Man of Sin. During this period many great and wonderful changes have taken place in the political, literary, moral, and religious conditions of society. That the nations composing the western half of the Roman empire have already been greatly benefitted by that effort, scientifically, politically, and morally, no person acquainted with either political or ecclesiastical history can reasonably doubt. Time, that great arbiter of human actions; that great revealer of secrets, has long decided that all the reformers of the Papacy have been public benefactors. And thus the Protestant reformation is proved to have been one of the most splendid eras in the history of the world, and must long be regarded by the philosopher and the philanthropist as one of the most gracious interpositions in behalf of the whole human race.
We, Americans, owe our national privileges and our civil liberties to the Protestant reformers. They achieved not only an imperishable fame for themselves, but a rich legacy for their posterity. When we contrast the present state of these United States with Spanish America, and the condition of the English nation with that of Spain, Portugal, and Italy, we begin to appreciate how much we are indebted to the intelligence, faith, and courage of Martin Luther and his heroic associates in that glorious reformation.
He restored the Bible to the world A. D. 1534, and boldly defended its claims against the impious and arrogant preten