The process was much more noticeable in Rome than in the East. Gibbon thought that Christianity had hastened the Fall, but also ameliorated the results: As the happiness of a future life is the great object of religion, we may hear without surprise or scandal that the introduction, or at least the abuse of Christianity, had some influence on the decline and fall of the Roman empire.
He outlined in chapter 33 the widespread tale of the Seven Sleepers and remarked "This popular tale, which Mahomet might learn when he drove his camels to the fairs of Syria, is introduced, as a divine revelation, into the Quran.
The most outstanding of these is First John, but the letter of Jude addresses the same issues, and so do the opening chapters of the Book of Revelation. The first two were well received and widely praised.
They didn't even try to gain entry to that elite club, at least for a long while. The decline and fall of the Roman Empire. He compared the publication of each succeeding volume to a newborn child.