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C ON TENTS.

INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS, . . . . . . . . . . . 21

The difficulty of presenting the evidences of Christianity arises, not

from any lack of arguments, but from the difficulty of a just selec-

tion and arrangement where materials are so abundant, . . 22

I. The high importance of the investigation proposed, . . . . 23

The question is, Is the religion of Jesus Christ, as exhibited in the New

Testament, a revelation from God, and consequently possessed of a

sovereign right to universal faith and obedience? . . . . . 24

We must have the religion of Christ or none, . . . . . . 24

Deism, the only imaginable substitute, shown to offer no refuge, 25

The investigation fliged on the experimentally convinced Christian, as

a matter of spiritual pleasure and improvement, and as a matter

of duty to the caush of tragh; and to the good of his neighbor, 34

The same urged on the merely nominal Christian, as necessary to a

rational and steadfast belief of what he professes not to doubt, and

for a deeper impression of the solentinity bf its truth, . . . . 36

The investigation derives additional importance from the peculiar

character of the present times, as those of licentiousness, under the

boast of freedom, in such inquiries, . . . . . . . . . 38

It derives, also, advantage from the present times, as distinguished for

scientific research and discovery, . . . . . . . . . . 43

II. The importance of strict attention to the spirit in which this investi-

gation is conducted, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The opposition between the precepts of Christianity and the natural

dispositions of man makes the question one of feeling as well as

evidence, and has a tendency to magnify objections, and to depre-

Phenomena which these considerations account for, . . . . 53

Docility of mind, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 A deep seriousness of purpose, . . . . . . . . . . . 24 And prayer, earnestly recommended as necessary to this investi

gation, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

LECTURE II.

AUTHENTICITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, . . . . . . 56 The study of the evidences of Christianity may be brief or extended, according as the object is simply conviction; or, in addition to that, the pleasure of collecting all the various lights which may be concentrated on this subject. The evidences are of two general classes, namely, external, or historical, and internal, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 A brief account of what each head includes, . . . . . . . 57 The present course of lectures confined to the external. The complete treatment of this division would begin with the necessity of a divine revelation, as the history of mankind exhibits it, 58 We begin with the AUTHENTICITY of THE NEw TESTAMENT, .. 59 Difference between authenticity and credibility, as used in these lectures, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * The question is, Hoot: appo that the sailog.parts of the New Testament were writted by the hen to whom they are ascribed, the original disciples of Christ; and are: therefoot:authentic? . . 61 The same course pursued as #asoğäing the authenticity of any other book, . . . • * * * * * * *

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The books of the New Testament are: jubila; Grailuded to, by a series of writers, who may be followed up in unbroken succession from the present age to that of the apostles, . . . . . . . . . . 64 This shown by reference to catalogues, etc., from the fourth century to the age of the apostles, . . . . . . . . . . . 65–75 Particulars included in the above which require a more special notice. 1. The books of the New Testament, when quoted or alluded to, are treated with supreme regard, as possessing a singular authority, and as conclusive in questions of religion, . . . . . . . 75 2. They were united at a very early period in a distinct volume, . 76 3. They were at a very early period publicly read and expounded in the churches, . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 4. Commentaries were written on them, harmonies constructed, copies diligently compared, and translations made into different languages, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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