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“…This army [for a crusade] was a motley assemblage of monks, prostitutes, artists, laborers, lazy tradesmen, merchants, boys, girls, slaves, malefactors, and profligate debauchees…animated solely by the prospect of spoil and plunder…all…were called cross-bearers.”

– Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, from his Institutes of Ecclesiastical History

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“No sooner had Constantine renounced the religion of his ancestors than magnificent temples were everywhere erected which were adorned with pictures and images and which both in their external and internal forms were very similar to the fanes and temples of the gods.”

– Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, from his Institutes of Ecclesiastical History

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“For the Christian bishops introduced with but slight alterations into the Christian worship those rites and institutions by which formerly the Greeks, Romans, and other nations had manifested their piety and reverence towards their imaginary deities…the martyrs were worshipped in the same manner as formerly their gods were.”

– Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, from his Institutes of Ecclesiastical History

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