By William Paley
This two-volume booklet via the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, used to be thought of so vital that it was once required analyzing for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 components during which Paley discusses the ancient proof for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts off 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 possibility for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle may be proved whatever the quantity of proof with the statement that if one believes in God, then miracles may be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity used to be probably 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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7. t Marc, Aur. Med. xi. 3. EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. 51 CHAPTER III. There z> 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. O F the primitive condition of Christianity, a distant only and general view can be acquired from heathen writers.
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 was not to be imagined that he would endure with patience, that the religion of the emperor and of the state should be calumniated and borne down by a company of superstitious and despicable Jews.
Jewish and Heath. Test. vol. i. p. 359- 42 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. might serve as lights to illuminate the night. Nero lent his own gardens for these executions, and exhibited at the same time a mock Circensian entertainment; being a spectator of the whole, in the dress of a charioteer, sometimes mingling with the crowd on foot, and sometimes viewing the spectacle from his car. This conduct made the sufferers pitied; and though they were criminals, and deserving the severest punishments, yet they were considered as sacrificed, not so much out of a regard to the public good, as to gratify the cruelty of one man/1 Our concern with this passage at present is only so far as it affords a presumption in support of the proposition which we maintain, concerning the activity and sufferings of the first teachers of Christianity.