By William Paley
This two-volume booklet via the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, used to be thought of so very important that it was once required studying 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 quantity 1 with the proposition that the unique witnesses to Christ's miracles will be believed, simply because they spent their complete lives in consistent possibility for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle will be proved whatever the volume of proof with the remark that if one believes in God, then miracles can be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity was once the most well known of the day, and his paintings is taken into account an immediate forerunner of the modern thought of clever layout.
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Extra info for A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three Parts
I remark this variety, because, in ex- EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. S3 amining ancient records, or indeed any species of testimony, it is, in my opinion, of the greatest importance to attend to the information or grounds of argument which are casually and undesignedly disclosed; forasmuch as this species of proof is, of all others, the least liable to be corrupted by fraud or misrepresentation. I may be allowed therefore, in the inquiry which is now before us, to suggest some conclusions of this sort, as preparatory to more direct testimony.
It was also a splendid and sumptuous worship. It had its priesthood, its endowments, its temples. Statuary^ painting, architecture, and music, contributed their effect to its ornament and magnificence. It abounded in festival shows and solemnities, to which the common people are greatly addicted, and which were of a nature to engage them much more than any thing of that sort among us. These things would retain great numbers on its side by the fascination of spectacle and pomp, as well as interest many in its preservation by the advantage which they drew from i t EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.
VOL. I . E 50 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. afterwards, by Marcus Aurelius, who ascribes it to obstinacy. " u Let this preparation of the mind (to die) arise from its own judgement, and not from obstinacy like the Christians^\" * Epict. 1. iv. c. 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.
A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three Parts by William Paley