A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three by William Paley

By William Paley

This two-volume ebook through the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, was once thought of so very important that it used to be required interpreting for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 components within which Paley discusses the historic facts for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts off quantity 1 with the proposition that the unique witnesses to Christ's miracles might be believed, simply because they spent their complete lives in consistent risk for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle could be proved whatever the quantity of proof with the remark that if one believes in God, then miracles can be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity used to be the most renowned of the day, and his paintings is taken into account an immediate forerunner of the modern idea of clever layout.

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L JQ EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. Let us next inquire, what might reasonably be expected by the preachers of Christianity when they turned themselves to the heathen public. Now the first thing that strikes us is, that the religion they carried with them was exclusive. It denied without reserve the truth of every article of heathen mythology, the existence of every object of their worship. It accepted no compromise; it admitted no comprehension. It must prevail, if it prevailed at all, by the overthrow of every statue, altar, and temple, in the world.

7. t Marc, Aur. Med. xi. 3. EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. 51 CHAPTER III. There z> satisfactory evidence that many, professing to be original witnesses of the Christian miracles, passed their lives in labours, dangers, and sufferings, voluntarily undergone 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. O F the primitive condition of Christianity, a distant only and general view can be acquired from heathen writers.

Clarke, Nat. and Rev. Rel. p. 180, ed. _Except Socrates, they all thought it wiser to comply with the laws than to contend. EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. 29 neral persecution being denounced against them by imperial authority. Some length of time, I should suppose, might pass, before the vast machine of the Roman empire would be put in motion, or its attention be obtained to religious controversy: but, during that time, a great deal of ill usage might be endured, by a set of friendless, unprotected travellers, telling men, wherever they came, that the religion of their ancestors, the religion in which they had been brought up, the religion of the state, and of the magistrate, the rites which they frequented, the pomp which they admired, was throughout a system of folly and delusion.

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