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FORMS OF WORSHIP, SECTS, CONTROVERSIES, AND
FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME.
AOTHOB OF SSOTOBIO ANTHROPOLOGY; WOMAN IN ALL AGES AND NATIONS J MARRIAGE J THE
World's Reformers, Etc.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by
T. L. NICHOLS, M.D.,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of Ohio.
"PROVE ALL THDJQS: HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH H GOOD."
The interest and value of a comprehensive account of the Religious Doctrines, Ceremonies, and Phenomena, which have prevailed in all parts of the world, from the earliest ages to the present time, must be evident to every candid inquirer after the truth.
To give a full and minute statement of the Religious History of mankind, would require many volumes; but the most important particulars of an outline history will be found in the following pages; condensed with much labor from various works, and brought into a narrow compass, in price and typography.
I have labored diligently to make a faithful compend. I have also consciensciously endeavored to make it an impartial one. As far as practicable, I have given each sect the benefit of its own statement. Where no such authority has been at hand, I have taken what seemed the fairest accounts of other writers. I have not thought it necessary to criticise the creeds of others, or to obtrude my own.
Doubtless, in a work compiled from a multitude of sources, and relating to subjects which have been contested with great acrimony, there must be error? I can only say that I have wished to give nothing but the truth; and that if this work has no other merit, it may claim that of entire impartiality.