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LECTURES

DELIVERED IN THE

Legation of the United States of America,

IN RO M E.

BY THE

REV. C. M. BUTLER, D.D.,

PROFESSOR OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY IN THE DIVINITY SCHOOL, PHILADELPHIA.

REESE LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY
CALIFORNIA

OF THE

PHILADELPHIA:

J. B. LIP PINCOTT & CO.

1 86 5.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by

J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

28/02

UNIVERSITY

PREFACE.

The author of the following lectures has, as it will be seen, adapted himself, in their preparation, to the peculiar circumstances in which he was placed. Addressing a shifting audience of tourists, whose minds were absorbed in the monuments and memories and ceremonies of pagan and papal Rome, he desired to place before them the great Apostle of the Gentiles, as the embodiment of the truth as it is in Jesus, in the midst of pagan impurities and Christian superstitions; and to rally around the greatest presence that ever appeared in Rome some of the interest which is lavished on less worthy objects. Looking “on this picture and on that," he felt assured that his hearers could not but appreciate the divine purity and beauty of Pauline Christianity, in contrast with the disingenuous system which unwarrantably invokes the name of the single-minded Peter, and with the hideous heathenism of the Rome of Nero. Hence he has not hesitated to enter into historical details, which however unsuited, in ordinary circumstances, to the pulpit, might

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