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Preparatory Considerations.-Of the antecedent credibility of miracles

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PART 1.

OF THE DIRECT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF

CHRISTIANITY, AND WHEREIN IT IS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EVIDENCE ALLEGED FOR OTHER MIRACLES.

Propositions stated

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PROPOSITION I.

That there is satisfactory evidence, that many,

professing to be original witnesses of the Christian miracles, passed their lives in labours, dangers, and sufferings voluntarily un. dergone in attestation of the accounts which they delivered, and solely in consequence of their belief of those accounts ; and that they also submitted, from the same motives, to new rules of conduct

ib. CHAP. I.-Evidence of the sufferings of the first propagators of Christianity, from the nature of

41 CHAP. II.--Evidence of the sufferings of the

first propagators of Christianity, from Profane Testimony

51 CHAP. III.-Indirect evidence of the sufferings

of the first propagators of Christianity, from the Scriptures and other ancient Christian writing's

56 CHAP. IV.-Direct evidence of the same CHAP. V.-Observations upon the preceding evi

dence

the case

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CHAP. VI.—That the story, for which the first

propagators of Christianity suffered, was mi-

raculous

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CHAP. VII.-That it was, in the main, the story

which we have now, proved by indirect con-

siderations

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CHAP. VIII.—The same proved, from the au-

thority of our historical Scriptures

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CHAP. IX.-Of the authenticity of the histori-

cal Scriptures, in eleven Sections

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Sect. I. --Quotations of the historical Scrip-

tures by ancient Christian writers

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Sect. II.-Of the peculiar respect with which

they were quoted

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SECT. III, -The Scriptures were in very early

times collected into a distinct volume 141

Sect. IV.-And distinguished by appropriate

names and titles of respect

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SECT. V.-Were publicly read and expounded

in the religious assemblies of the early Chris-

tians

146

Sect. VI.-Commentaries, &c. were anciently

written upon the Scriptures

Sect. VII.-They were received by ancient

Christians of different sects and persuasions 154

Sect. VIII.-The four Gospels, the Acts of the

Apostles, thirteen Epistles of Saint Paul, the

First Epistle of John, and the First of Peter,

were received without doubt by those who

doubted concerning the other books of our

present canon

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Sect. IX.-Our present Gospels were consi.

Jered by the adversaries of Christianity, as

containing the accounts upon which the re-

ligion was founded

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Sect. X.-Formal catalogues of authentic

Scriptures were published, in all wlrich our

present Gospels were included

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SECT. XI.-The above propositions canrot be

predicated of those books which are commonly

called apocryphal books of the New Teeta-

ment

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THAP. X-Recapitulation

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TO THE

HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND

AGE

JAMES YORK, D. D.

LORD BISHOP OF ELY.

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My LOKD,

WHEN, five years ago, an important station in the University of Cambridge awaited your 357

Lordship’s disposal, you were pleased to offer it to

me. The circumstances under which this offer of

was made, demand a public acknowledgment. I had never seen your Lordship; I possessed no con

nexion which could possibly recommend me to 372 your favour; I was known to you, only by my en379 deavours, in common with many others, to dis

charge my duty as a tutor in the University; and by some very imperfect, but certainly well-intended, and, as you thought, useful publications since. In an age by no means wanting in examples of honourable patronage, although this deserve not to be mentioned in respect of the object of your Lordship's choice, it is inferior to none in the purity and disinterestedness of the motives which suggested it.

How the following work may be received, I pretend not to foretell. My first prayer concerning it is, that it may do good to any : my second hope, that it may assist, what it hath always been my earnest wish to promote, the religious part of an academical education. If in this latter view it might seem, in any degree, to excuse your Lordship's judgment of its author, I shall be gratified by the

reflection, that, to a kindness flowing from puplic i principles, I have made the best public return in

my power,

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