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I enjoyed reading this very informative book first published 1899. The author gives an excellent history of the early Christian writers from the first to fifth centuries. Universality of the redeeming work of Christ for ALL humanity was cogent in many variant interpretations. Of note is the second chapter "Early Christianity is a Cheerful Religion". The Gospel is good news. There is no bad news in the good news. It was not until the 5th century and St Augustine that the creeds became harsh. The cruelty displayed by Christianity whether Catholic or later centuries Protestant truly boggles the mind. Christianity is a failed and cruel religion. That does not indict the Gospel. Jesus did not come to this earth to establish a new religion! "The Gospel and Christianity are as different as night and day. The author goes to great length to describe the failure of the religion. The Gospel is all about universality. No one is left out in its benefits. All are included. The author is one of the first back in the 19th century to recognize and describe the belief system of the early days just after the events of the Cross. Christianity says its "our" faith, "our" choice and "our" belief. The Gospel Says it was "Christ's faith" , "Christ's choice"; and "Christ's belief". Thus humanity lives in liberty and freedom = The Gospel.