3 These will be found translated in full in the Oxford "Library of the Fathers," Vol.17. "St. Cyprian's Epistles," p. 286; also in the American reprint of the " "Ante-Nicene Fathers," Vol. V. "Hippolitus, Cyprian, etc.,"" p.565.
3 Dr. Neale complains that the acts display a painful lack of critical knowledge and that several spurious passages are attributed to tbe Fathers. But I confess this does not seem to me either surprising or disgraceful. The attributing of books, even in our critical days, to persons who were not their authors is not so uncommon as to make us wonder such a thing might have occurred in such stormy times, when learning of this sort must have suffered by the adversities of the Church and State, the Iconoclastic persecutions and the Moslem incursions.
4 "It is certain," confesses Dr. Neale (History of the Holy Eastern Church, Vol. II., p.113; in his attempt to overthrow the authority of this council) "that Poiltian approved (S. Theod. Stud. Ep. xviij.) although he was not present at the council of Nicea; and the controversy, which had never much disturbed Africa, may henceforth be considered as terminated in the Diocese of Alexandria."
5 As a sample of all that bigotry and dishonesty can do when writing on such a subject, the reader is referred to a little book by the R ev. F. Meyrick (a canon of the Church of England) published in Paris for the Anglo-Continental Society. 1877, entitled, Du Schisme d'Orient et de l'authorite du pretendu septieme concile.
2 Mendham (The Seventh General Council, the Second of Nicea.. Loodon, s.d.) by a curious blunder takes the adjective for the substantive, and translates "The Sacred Divalis". This is a mere trip, for he knows the word "sacra", as appears a few pages further on.