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OUTLINES

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ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY,

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The Life of John Taylor," "The Gospel," "New Witnesses for God,"
"Missouri Persecutions," Rise and Fall of Nauvoo, etc."

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PUBLISHED BY

GEORGE Q. CANNON & SONS COMPANY.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.

1893.

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A WORD WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

BEFORE you take up the study of THE OUTLINES OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, I beg leave to call your attention to the structure of the work, and the purpose for which it was written. First, then, as to its structure.

The work is divided into four parts, each with a distinct idea running through it. Part I. deals with THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH, through the ministry of Messiah and his apostles; Part II. with THE APOSTASY, brought about through the severe persecution to which the early saints were subjected, the rise of false teachers, a changing of the ordinances of the gospel, an intermingling of pagan philosophy with Christian doctrine. and a transgression of the laws of God; Part III. deals with "THE REFORMATION," treating it, however, as a revolution instead of a reformation, since the so-called reformation by no means re-established primitive Christianity, either in its form or essence; but it did overthrow the power of the Catholic Church in a great part of Western Europe, gave larger liberty to the people, and thus prepared the way for the greater work which followed it-the introduction of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. Part IV. treats of THE RESTORATION OF THE GOSPEL, in the aforesaid dispensation, through the revelations which God gave to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

The parts above enumerated are separated into sections, these sub-divisions being determined by the several subjects into which the main idea of the respective parts

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