By William Paley
This two-volume booklet through the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, was once thought of so very important that it used to be required studying for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 elements within which Paley discusses the historic proof for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts quantity 1 with the proposition that the unique witnesses to Christ's miracles may be believed, simply because they spent their whole lives in consistent hazard for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle should be proved whatever the volume of facts with the remark that if one believes in God, then miracles may be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity was once probably the most renowned of the day, and his paintings is taken into account an immediate forerunner of the modern conception of clever layout.
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Extra resources for A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three Parts
It is in our own books that the detail and interior of the transaction must be sought for. And this is nothing different from what might be expected. Who would write a history of Christianity, but a Christian? Who was likely to record the travels, sufferings, labours, or successes of the apostles, but one of their own number, or 52 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. of their followers? Now these books come up in their accounts to the full extent of the proposition which we maintain. We have four histories of Jesus Christ.
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.
They, therefore, who stood forth to preach the religion must necessarily reproach these rulers with an execution, which they could not but represent as an unjust and cruel murder. This would not render their office more easy, or their situation more safe. With regard to the interference of the Roman government which was then established in Judea, I should not expect, that, despising as it did, the religion of the country, it would, if left to itself, animadvert, either with much vigilance or much severity, upon the schisms and controversies which arose within it.
A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three Parts by William Paley
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