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that it may aslist, 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 LordThip’s judgment of its author, I shall be gratified by the reflection, that to a kindness flowing from public principles, I have made the best public return in my power.

In the mean time, and in every event, I rejoice in the opportunity here afforded me, of testifying the sense I entertain of your Lordship’s conduct, and of a notice which I regard, as the most flata iering distinction of

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life. I am, my Lord, With fentiments of gratitude and respect, Your Lordship's faithful, and most obliged servant,

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CO N T E N T S.

Preparatory Confiderations,

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PART THE FIRST.
OF THE DIRECT HISTORICAL Evidence OF CHRISTIAN-

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

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PROPOSITION I.

CHAP. I. : There is satisfactory evidence that many, profeling to be original

witnefes of the Christian Miracles, palled their lives in labours, dongers and suffering s, voluntarily undergone in attestation of the accounts which they delivered, anıl folely in confequence of their belief of the truth of those accounts; and that they also submitted, from the same motives, to new rules of condue.

150 CHAP. II. to CHAP. VIII. The same subject continued.

CH A P. IX. *“ Of the authenticity of the scriptures.” 74

Sect. I.
The historical books of the New Testament, meaning therciy

the four Gospels and the Aas of the Apostles, are quoted, or
alluded to, by a series of Christiun writers, beginning with
those who were contemporary with the Apostles, or who im-
mediately followed them, and proceeding in close and regular
fuccefion from their time to the present..

80 SECT. II. When the scriplures are quoted, or alluded to, they are quoted

with peculiar respect, as books fui generis, as polefing an authority which belonged to no other books, and as conclu. five in all queflions and controverses among A Chriflians. 99

SECT. III.
The foriptures were in rery early times collided into a diftina

volume.

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SECT. IV. Our present sacred writings were foon distinguished by appropriate names and titles of respect.

105 Sect. V. Our scriptures were publickly read and expounded in the religious assemblies of the early Christians.

SECT. VI.
Commentaries were anciently written upon the scriptures ;

harmonies formed out of them; different copies carefully
collated ; and verfions made of them into different lan-
guages.

109 SECT. VII. Our fcriptures were received by ancient Christians of different fects and persuasions, by many heretics as well as Catholics, and were usually appealed to by both sides, in the controversies which arose in those days.

I13 Sect. VIII. The four Gospels, the Aas of the Apostles, thirteen Epistles

of St. Paul, the first Epistle of John, and the first of Peter, were received without doubt by those who doubted concerning the other books, which are included in our prefent canon.

118 Sect. IX. Our historical scriptures were attacked by the early adversa.

ries of Christianity, as containing the accounts upon which the religion was founded.

SECT. X. Formal catalogues of authentic

scriptures were published, in all which our present sacred histories were included.

126 SECT. XI. These propofitions cannot be predicated of any of those books,

which are commonly called apocryphal books of the New Testament.

128 CH A P. X.

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PROPOSITION II.

CHAP. I.
Our second propofition, and which now remains to be

treated of, is, That there is not satisfactory evidence,

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CHAP. I. The Difcrepancies between the several Gospels.

271 CHAP. II. Erroneous Opinions imputed to the Apostles.

274 CHAP. III. The Connexion of Christianity with the Jewillo Hiftory. 277

CH A P. IV. Reje&tion of Christianity.

272 CH A P. V. the Christian miracles are not recited, or appealed to, by Atly Christian writers themselves, fo fully or frequently as ht have been expected.

290 C H A P. VI. of univerfality in the knowledge and reception of Chriflity, and of greater clearness in the evidence.

Ç HA P. VIL. upposed Effe&s of Christianity.

304 CH A P. VIII. onclufion.

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