Letters to the Editor of the New Trial of the Witnesses [Or, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Considered] by an Oxford Layman

Letters to the Editor of the New Trial of the Witnesses [Or, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Considered] by an Oxford Layman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...form.of his appearance, its meekness, its lowliness, the birth in the stable, the death upon the cross, and on thtuDther hand at the way in which the materials for history are usually brought together, little surprise can be felt. Do you doubt the murder of Socrates, do you doubt all that we know of his life and teaching and death, because all that is recorded of him in the contemporary histories, is, his sending Xenophon to ask questions of Apollo, and his behaviour at the impeachment of the generals who won the battle of Arginusae? Yet the scene of that murder was not a city cut off from view by an interval of above a thousand miles, and still more by the contempt wherewith every thing barbarian was regarded, but Athens itself, the birthplace of these historians; and one of them was the disciple of the murdered philosopher. If Jesus had been a Roman, even then Tacitus would probably have noticed him but slightly, if at all. For history seldom deigns to descend below the high and barren eminences of life: she passes from peak to peak, and if a valley comes athwart her way, an aqueduct is thrown across it: whereas the truly genial influences scoop out a course for themselves, as the waters naturally do, through the valleys. But events which occurred in Judea, among the Jews, how should Tacitus know any thing about them? what could induce him to examine into them? what could lead him to speak of them? True, he was a profound thinker: he had dived deep into the darkest abysses of the human heart: he had meditated upon the occasions and the powers whereby empires rise and fall. Still he was in every thing a Roman: he saw and mourned over his country's faults and vices, but it was as a son mourns over the shame of his mother: his mind was occupied...show more

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