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CHRISTIANITY. The religion established by Jesus Christ.
     2. Christianity has been judicially declared to be a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394; 5 Binn. R.555; of New York, 8 Johns. R. 291; of Connecticut, 2 Swift's System, 321; of Massachusetts, Dane's Ab. vol. 7, c. 219, a. 2, 19. To write or speak contemptuously and maliciously against it, is an indictable offence. Vide Cooper on the Law of Libel, 59 and 114, et seq.; and generally, 1 Russ. on Cr. 217; 1 Hawk, c. 5; 1 Vent. 293; 3 Keb. 607; 1 Barn. & Cress. 26. S. C. 8 Eng. Com. Law R. 14; Barnard. 162; Fitzgib. 66; Roscoe, Cr. Ev. 524; 2 Str. 834; 3 Barn. & Ald. 161; S. C. 5 Eng. Com. Law R. 249 Jeff. Rep. Appx. See 1 Cro. Jac. 421 Vent. 293; 3 Keb. 607; Cooke on Def. 74; 2 How. S. C. 11 ep. 127, 197 to 201.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Persuasion and Dissuasion in Early Christainity, Ancient Judaism, and Hellenism, in coll.
Whereas it hath been judged necessary that the Maherine Indians be incorporated with the Nottoways & the Nansemonds with the Saponies in order to strengthen those Settlements as well as to remove them to places where they may be less lyable to differences with the English Inhabitants & for the greater conveniency of instructing their Children in Christainity by the Missionarys intended at those two Settlements.
Furthermore, New argues that the Latitudinarians, sometimes seen as secularisers and optimistic radicals, were in fact entirely orthodox in that, despite their optimistic tone and their emphasis on morality rather than on ceremony or zeal, they did believe in the essential tenets of Christainity: the Fall, Grace, the divinity of Christ, his death, resurrection, and role in the redemption of sins.