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The ten tomes and supplement of Augustine of Numidia.
Lay elders were introduced at Geneva, by a compromise. Af-
terwards adopted by other cantons; also in France, Nether.
lands, Scotland, England, and America,
The primitive state of the church having been sought from credible
witnesses of the facts, without regard to their opinions, or hear.
says; and the changes marked from the commencement of the
second to the termination of the fifth century, and having seen
the successive introduction of parochial and diocesan episco-
the canonical ordination and human authority of the latter,
and the creation of quasi presbyters by Calvin, we are prepared
better to understand the New Testament by the rejection of these
novelties. But bishops are by some supposed to be the succes-
THE FIXED STATE, AND ORDINARY OFFICERS OF THE PRIMI-
Under the spiritual dispensation of the gospel, the extraordinary
officers were the apostles, to confer gifts and teach by means of