How shall we state his point of departure from the middle ages, his sympathy with prevalent classical enthusiasms, his divination of a new period?
9), slow and arduous, owing to the encratite enthusiasms of the first generations of believers.
The terms " Reformation " and " Protestantism " are inherited by the modern historian; they are not of his devising, and come to him laden with reminiscences of all the exalted enthusiasms and bitter antipathies engendered by a period of fervid religious dissension.
He met his death with patient dignity, having, indeed, disastrously shared the enthusiasms of his age, but taken no share in its crimes.
The great common institution of the church, common enthusiasms, prejudices and envies, were available for the second.