The History of the First Planting of the Christian Religion; Taken from the Acts of the Apostles, and Their Epistles

The History of the First Planting of the Christian Religion; Taken from the Acts of the Apostles, and Their Epistles : Together with the Rekarkable Facts of the Jewish Anr Roman History, Which Affectes the Christians, Within This Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1756 edition. Excerpt: ...a different manner. "The three former evangelists followed the jewijh computation. "St. John saw reason, in his situation, to follow the roman compu"tation. But, when one compares the accounts, they perfectly co"incide." Thus this mighty difficulty, absurdity, and contradiction; which Dr. Middleton, after a long and critical examination, roundly declares to be a manifest inconfstency, turns out to be no inconsistency at all. This This solution had been mentioned, by some commentators, or critics, before Dr. Middleton wrote. I will not suppose that he knew of it, and designedly conceled it. But how careful should men be, again and again, to examine the grounds, which they go upon; especially when they treat of matters of religion 1 And modesty is never more becomeing, than when authors give their opinion upon such sacred and important subjects. A clear and masterly style; a bold and confident manner of decideing the point in controversie; and, without haefitation, pronounceing, that it is thus or thus; will run away with the generality of readers;--who have neither the leisure, nor inclination, to re-examine, what an agreeable and entertaining writer has already decided.--But all are not carried along with the stream. And it is possible that a spritely and agreeable writer may be a very hasty one: and that same of his arguments, upon a cool and deliberate examination, may be shown to be groundlesse and inconclusive. Such writers, therefore, above all others, (hould be read with great caution. I leave it to those, who have health and leisure, to re-examine the Other passages of the four gospels, which Dr. Middleton has so freely charged with contradiction and inconsistency. But this specimen may, I suppose, planely...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236853261
  • 9781236853264