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1. The account of its rise and progress is contained in

the historical books of the New Testament. p. 109.

2. Suppressing for the present the question of miracu-

lous interference, we may say, that to deny the

praise of general veracity to the narrative is to un-

hinge all historical evidence. p. 110.

3. Speculations of Mr. Volney as to the personal exist-

ence of Christ. p. 114.

4. Conclusion as to the character of the evangelical his-

tories. p. 116.

II. The infidel, on his principles, must maintain, that Christ

was either an impostor or an enthusiast. p. 117.

1. The difficulties attendant upon the hypothesis, that

Christ was an impostor. p. 118.

(1.) Statement and practical demonstration of the

necessary conduct of an impostor, as an im-

postor, in the times during which Christ ap-

peared. p. 120.

(2.) Statement of the actual directly opposite conduct

of Christ. p. 123.

2. The difficulties attendant upon the hypothesis, that

Christ was an enthusiast. p. 138.

(1.) The sobriety of Christ's conduct, as exemplified

in his words. p. 138.

(2.) The sobriety of Christ's conduct, as exemplified

in his actions. p. 143.

3. Numerous contingencies were associated with his

claim of the Messiahship, which were quite out of

the controul either of an impostor or of an enthu-

siast. p. 146.

III. The conduct of the apostles and first preachers of Chris-

tianity. p. 153.

1. The common notion entertained by infidels respecting

the apostles. p. 153.

2. The difficulties attendant upon this notion. p. 156.

(1.) The first stage of the proceedings of the apostles.
(2.) The second stage of the proceedings of the apos-

p. 156.

proving the unity of God or of developing his

moral attributes. p. 269.

3. The difficulties of Infidelity in regard to historical

matters of fact. p. 269.

4. The difficulties of Infidelity in regard to accomplished

prophecy. p. 270.

5. The difficulties of Infidelity in regard to the facts and

circumstances and character of the Christian Dis-

pensation. p. 270.

6. The difficulties of Infidelity in regard to the rapid

propagation of Christianity. p. 271.

7. The difficulties of Infidelity in regard to the internal

evidence of Christianity. p. 271.

II. General conclusion from the whole discussion, that the

rejection of Christianity involves a higher degree of

eredulity than the acceptance of it, and that we find it

more difficult to pronounce the Gospel an imposture

than to admit it as a revelation from heaven. p. 272.

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