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Lectures On The Evidences Of Christianity

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LECTURE III. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL EVIDENCE. â?” VAGUENESS OF THE DIVISION BETWEEN THEM. â?” REASONS FOR CONSIDERING THE INTERNAL EVIDENCES FIRST. â?” THE ARGUMENT FROM ANALOGY. In my first lecture, I attempted to show that, if ...
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LECTURE III. INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL EVIDENCE. â?” VAGUENESS OF THE DIVISION BETWEEN THEM. â?” REASONS FOR CONSIDERING THE INTERNAL EVIDENCES FIRST. â?” THE ARGUMENT FROM ANALOGY. In my first lecture, I attempted to show that, if God has given a revelation, we may certainly know it; and in the second, that there is no such antecedent improbability against a revelation, as to justify us in requiring proof different from that which we require for other events. There are laws of evidence according to which we judge in other cases, and I only ask that these same laws may be applied here. If these points are established, we are ready to inquire whether God has in fact given a revelation. On coming into life, we find Christianity existing, and claiming to be such a revelation. We wish to satisfy ourselves of the validity of that claim. How shall we proceed ? The evidence by which its claims are sustained is commonly divided into two kinds, the external and the internal. This division is simple, and of long standing; but by it heads of evidence are classed together, having so little affinity for each other, and, in regard to some of them, it is so difficult to see on what principle they are classed under one ratherthan the other, that its utility may be doubted. Thus the evidence from testimony, from prophecy, from the mode in which the gospel was propagated, and from its effects, â?” topics resembling each other scarcely at all, â?” are classed under the head of the external evidences ; while the various marks of honesty found in the New Testament, the agreement of the parts with each other, its peculiar doctrines, its pure morality, its representation of the character of Christ, its analogy to nature, its adaptation to the situation and wants of man, â?” topics still more diverse, â?” are ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217964814
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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