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Preparatory Considerations. Of the antecedent credibility of miracles

PART I.

OF THE DIRECT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF
CHRISTIANITY, AND WHEREIN IT IS DISTIN-
GUISHED 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 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. .. ib. CHAP. I. Evidence of the sufferings of the first propagators of Christianity, from the nature of the case.

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CHAP. II. Evidence of the sufferings of the first propagators of Christianity, from Profane Testimony

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CHAP. III.-Indirect evidence of the sufferings of the first propagators of Christianity, from the Scriptures and other ancient Christian wri tings.

CHAP. IV. Direct evidence of the same

CHAP. V. Observations upon the preceding evi

dence'.

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CHAP. VI. That the story, for which the first propagators of Christianity suffered, was miraculous.

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CHAP. VII. That it was, in the main, the story which we have now, proved by indirect conside

rations

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CHAP. VIII. The same proved, from the authority
of our historical Scriptures.

CHAP. IX. Of the authenticity of the historical
Scriptures, in eleven Sections

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SECT. I-Quotations of the historical Scriptures by ancient Christian writers

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SECT. II. Of the peculiar respect with which they were quoted

. 103 SECT. III. The Scriptures were in very early times collected into a distinct volume. . 107 SECT. IV. And distinguished by appropriate names and titles of respect . 110 SECT. V.-Were publicly read and expounded in the religious assemblies of the early Christians. 112 SECT. VI. Commentaries, &c. were anciently written upon the Scriptures

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SECT. VII. They were received by ancient Christians of different sects and persuasions .. 119 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 .. 125 SECT. IX. Our present Gospels were considered by the adversaries of Christianity, as containing the accounts upon which the religion was founded . 129 SECT. X.-Formal catalogues of authentic Scriptures were published, in all which our present Gospels were included. . . 135 SECT. XI. The above propositions cannot be predicated of those books which are commonly called apocryphal books of the New Testament... 137 CHAP. X-Recapitulation.

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