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By William Paley

This two-volume booklet via the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, was once thought of so very important that it used to be required analyzing for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 elements during which Paley discusses the ancient proof for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts quantity 1 with the proposition that the unique witnesses to Christ's miracles might be believed, simply because they spent their whole lives in consistent threat for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle will be proved whatever the quantity of proof with the remark that if one believes in God, then miracles could be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity used to be some of the most renowned of the day, and his paintings is taken into account a right away forerunner of the modern thought of clever layout.

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Perhaps their mode of life, in its form and habit* was not very unlike the Unitas Fratrum, or the modern Methodists. Think then what it was to become such at Corinth, at Ephesus, at Antioch, or even at Jerusalem. How new! how alien from all their former habits and ideas, and from those of every body about them! What a revolution there must have been of opinions and prejudices to bring the matter to this! D 2 36 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. We know what the precepts of the religion are; how pure, how benevolent, how disinterested a conduct they enjoin; and that this purity and benevolence are extended to the very thoughts and affections.

Could they expect it from the people, " whose acknowledged confidence in the public religion" they subverted from its foundation? From the philosopher, who, " considering all religions as equally false," would of course rank theirs among the number, with the addition of regarding VOL. I. x> 31 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY* them as busy and troublesome zealots} Or from the magistrate, who, satisfied with the " utility" of the subsisting religion, would not be likely to countenance a spirit of proselytism and innovation;—a system which declared war against every other, and which, if it prevailed, must end in a total rupture of public opinion; an upstart religion, in a word, which was not content with its own authority, but must disgrace all the settled religions of the world ?

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. It will not easily be credited, that a design, so bold as this was, could in any age he attempted to be carried into execution with impunity. For it ought to be considered, that this was not setting forth, or magnifying the character and worship of some new competitor for a place in the Pantheon, whose pretensions might be discussed or asserted without questioning the reality of any others; it was pronouncing all other gods to be false, and all other worship vain.

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