By William Paley
This two-volume booklet by way of the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, used to be thought of so very important that it used to be required studying for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 elements during which Paley discusses the old facts for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts 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 probability for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle may be proved whatever the quantity of facts with the statement that if one believes in God, then miracles might be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity was once essentially the most well known of the day, and his paintings is taken into account a right away forerunner of the modern conception of clever layout.
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The constancy, and by consequence the sufferings of the Christians of this period, is also referred to by Epictetus, who imputes their intrepidity to madness, or to a kind of fashion or habit; and about fifty years * In matutina nuper spectatus arena Mucius, imposuit qui sua membra focis, Si patiens fortisque tibi durusque videtur, Abderitanae pectora plebis habes $ Nam cum dicatur, tunica praesente molesta, Ure f manum: plus est dicere, Non facio. " VOL. I . E 50 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. afterwards, by Marcus Aurelius, who ascribes it to obstinacy.
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.
With this example before their eyes, they could not be without a full sense of the peril of their future enterprise. 2.
A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three Parts by William Paley
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