Excerpt from Sermons, Vol. 1: On the Attributes of GodIn the fifth century, Clovis I. a pagan king of France, fell in love with Clotilda, a christian princess of the house of Burgundy, who agreed to marry him only on condition of his becoming aMoreExcerpt from Sermons, Vol.
1: On the Attributes of GodIn the fifth century, Clovis I. a pagan king of France, fell in love with Clotilda, a christian princess of the house of Burgundy, who agreed to marry him only on condition of his becoming a christian, to which he consented 491. The king, however, delayed the performance of this condition till five years after his marriage, when, being engaged in a desperate battle, and having reason to fear the total defeat of his army, he lifted up his eyes to to heaven, and put up this prayer, God of Queen Clotilda I grant me the victory and I vow to be baptized, and thenceforth to zoorship no other God but thee!
He obtained the victory, and, at his return, was baptized at Rheims, Dec.25, 496. His sister, and more than three thousand of his subjects, followed his example, and Christianity became the profest religion of France.Conversion implies the cool exercise of reason, and whenever passion takes the place, and does the office of reason, conversion is nothing but a name. Baptism did not wash away the sins of Clovis-, before it he was vile, after it he was infamous, practising all kinds of treachery and cruelty.
The court, the army, and the common people, who were pagan when the king was pagan, and christian when he was christian, continued the same in their morals after their conversion as before. When the christian church, therefore, opened her doors, and delivered up her keys, to these new converts, she gained nothing in comparison of what she lost.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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