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DIE GESIS;

BEING

A DISCOVERY

OF THE

ORIGIN, EVIDENCES, AND EARLY HISTORY

Christianity.

NEVER YET BEFORE OR ELSEWHERE SO FULLY AND

FAITHFULLY SET FORTH.

BY

THE Rev. R. TAYLOR, A.B. & M.R.C.S.

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DEDICATION.

TO THE

MASTER, FELLOWS, AND TUTORS OF ST. JOHN'S COL

LEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

REVEREND AND LEARNED SIRS,

In interesting remembrance of the high sense your learned body were pleased to express of my successful studies, when I received your general vote of thanks, delivered to me by the Master himself, the late Dr. Craven, for the honour you were pleased to consider that my poor talents and application,in statu pupillari," had conferred on our College, which holds such distinguished rank in the most distinguished University in the world; I very respectfully dedicate the DIEGESIS, the employment of my many solitary hours in an unjust imprisonment, incurred in the most glorious cause that ever called virtue to act, or fortitude to suffer.

You will appreciate ( far beyond any wish of mine that you should seem to appreciate) the merits of this work. Your assistance for the perfect- ing of future editions, by animadversion on any errors which might

have crept into the first ; and the feeling with respect to it, which I cannot but anticipate, though it may never be expressed ; will amply, gratify an ambition whose undivided aim was to set forth truth, and nothing else bul truth.

ROBERT TAYLOR, A.B.

PRISONER.

Oakham Gaol, Feb. 19, 1829.

CONTENTS.

PROLEGOMENA.

Importance of the subject-Criminality of indifferenceDr. Whitby's last

thoughts, &c.

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CHAP. I.

Definitions, Time, Place, Circumstances, Identity of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth necessary to be established Geography of Palestine

CHAP. II.
The Christian and Pagan Creeds collated— The Apostles' Creed a

Forgery-Inference that it is a Pagan document applied to Christian

purposes-Necessity of examining the pretences of all writings that lay

claim to Canonical authority . . . . . . . . 10

CHAP, III.

State of the Heathen World-Heathenism to be judged as Christians

would wish their own religion to be judged The Pacific Age_The genius

of Paganism most tolerant and philosophical—Vast difference between the

philosophers and the vulgar—The philosophers were Deists—The vulgar

infinitely credulous , . . . . .

. . . 12

CHAP. IV.

The state of the Jews-The Jews the grand exception to the prevalence

of universal toleration–They plagiarized Pagan fables into their pretended

divine theology-Were as gross Idolators as the Heathens_Truth of Ju-

daism not essential to the truth of Christianity-The Pharisees—The Sad-

ducees—The Cabbala—The Jews had no notion of the immortality of the

soul; while the Heathens had more practical faith therein than any Chris-

tians of the present day .

. . . . . . . 19

CHAP. V.
State of Philosophy-A generally prevailing debility of the human under-

standingVitiation of morals—Destruction of documents—Maxims of de-

ceiving the vulgar, and perpetuating ignorance, approved by St. Paul

King's College, London-Gnosticism-System of philosophy . . 28

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