Evidences of Christianity
Evidences of Christianity
William Paley

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Title Page

THE HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND JAMES YORK, D.D., LORD BISHOP OF ELY

PREPARATORY CONSIDERATIONS.

PART I.

OF THE DIRECT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF CHRISTIANITY, AND WHEREIN IT IS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EVIDENCE ALLEGED FOR OTHER MIRACLES.

CHAPTER I

CHAPTER II.

CHAPTER III.

CHAPTER IV.

CHAPTER V.

CHAPTER VI.

CHAPTER VII.

CHAPTER VIII.

CHAPTER IX.

SECTION I. The historical books of the New Testament, meaning thereby the four Gospels and the Acts…

SECTION II. When the Scriptures are quoted, or alluded to, they are quoted with peculiar respect…

SECTION III. The Scriptures were in very early times collected into a distinct volume.…

SECTION IV. Our present Sacred Writings were soon distinguished by appropriate names and titles of respect.…

SECTION V. Our Scriptures were publicly read and expounded in the religious assemblies of the early Christians.…

SECTION VI. Commentaries were anciently written upon the Scriptures; harmonies formed out of them…

SECTION VII. Our Scriptures were received by ancient Christians of different sects and persuasions…

SECTION VIII. The four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, thirteen Epistles of Saint Paul the First…

SECTION IX. Our historical Scriptures were attacked by the early adversaries of Christianity…

SECTION X. Formal catalogues of authentic Scriptures were published, in all which our present sacred histories were…

SECTION XI. These propositions cannot be predicated of any of those books which are commonly called Apocryphal…

CHAPTER X. RECAPITULATION.

PROPOSITION II.

CHAPTER I. Our first proposition was, That there is satisfactory evidence that many pretending to be original…

CHAPTER II. But they with whom we argue have undoubtedly a right to select their own examples.…

PART II. OF THE AUXILIARY EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY

CHAPTER I. PROPHECY.

CHAPTER II. THE MORALITY OF THE GOSPEL.

CHAPTER III. THE CANDOUR OF THE WRITERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

CHAPTER IV. IDENTITY OF CHRIST'S CHARACTER.

CHAPTER V. ORIGINALITY OF OUR SAVIOUR'S CHARACTER.

CHAPTER VI. One argument which has been much relied upon but not more than its just weight…

CHAPTER VII. UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCES.

CHAPTER VIII. OF THE HISTORY OF THE RESURRECTION.

CHAPTER IX. THE PROPAGATION OF CHRISTIANITY.

SECTION II. REFLECTIONS UPON THE PRECEDING ACCOUNT.

SECTION III. OF THE RELIGION OF MAHOMET.

PART III. A BRIEF CONSIDERATION OF SOME POPULAR OBJECTIONS. cCHAPTER I. THE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN THE SEVERAL GOSPELS.

CHAPTER II. ERRONEOUS OPINIONS IMPUTED TO THE APOSTLES.

CHAPTER III. THE CONNEXION OF CHRISTIANITY WITH THE JEWISH HISTORY.

CHAPTER IV. REJECTION OF CHRISTIANITY.

CHAPTER V. THAT THE CHRISTIAN MIRACLES ARE NOT RECITED, OR APPEALED TO, BY EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS THEMSELVES SO FULLY OR FREQUENTLY AS MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPECTED.

CHAPTER VI. WANT OF UNIVERSALITY IN THE KNOWLEDGE AND RECEPTION OF CHRISTIANITY, AND OF GREATER CLEARNESS IN THE EVIDENCE.

CHAPTER VII. THE SUPPOSED EFFECTS OF CHRISTIANITY.

CHAPTER VIII. THE CONCLUSION,




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