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CHRIST IN HISTORY.

BY

ROBERT TURNBULL, D. D.,
AUTHOR OF “GENIUS OF SCOTLAND,” “PULPIT ORATORS OF FRANCE AND SWITZER-

LAND,” “LIFE PICTURES FROM A PASTOR'S NOTE BOOK," ETC.

“History, as a whole, is a successive revelation of God." - SCHELLING.

“ All the intractable and contradictory problems of philosophy find their solu-
tion in Christ." - VINET.

“ The Gospel is the fulfilment of all hopes, the perfection of all philosophy, the
interpreter of all revolutions, the key to all the seeming contradictions of the
physical and moral worlds ; it is life, it is immortality.”

Joux Von MULLER.

New and Rebised Edition.

BOSTON:
GOULD AND LINCOLN,

59 WASHINGTON STREET.
NEW YORK: SHELDON AND COMPANY.
CINCINNATI: GEO. S. BLANCHARD.

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entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by

ROBERT TURNBULL,

the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Connecticut.

STEREOTYPED AT THE
BOSTON STEREOTYPE TOUNDBY.

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PREFACE.

To unreflective minds history appears only as an intricate or confused mass of details. Change follows change, revolution presses upon revolution. Now all is a dead level of monotonous usage, then all is unaccountable and startling transition. New forms of religion and politics, of customs and manners, play their brief hour or age. Phi- . losophies appear and vanish away. Empires rise, decline, and fall. Love and hate, piety and atheism, justice and injustice, peace and war contend for the mastery. At one time the world is luminous with hope, at another dark with despair. Individuals, families, and nations, like multitudinous waves, chase each other over the bosom of the deep, and are finally ingulfed in a stormy sea.

Under the steady gaze of philosophic, and especially, of Christian thought, much of this chaotic aspect of society disappears. Order begins to emerge; principles and laws are recognized; a progress and a purpose are discerned. To attain this, however, requires a lofty stand-point and a

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