By William Paley
This two-volume publication via the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, used to be thought of so vital that it used to be required examining for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 elements within which Paley discusses the historic facts for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts quantity 1 with the proposition that the unique witnesses to Christ's miracles could be believed, simply because they spent their complete lives in consistent chance for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle should be proved whatever the quantity of facts with the commentary that if one believes in God, then miracles could be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity used to be some of the most renowned of the day, and his paintings is taken into account an immediate forerunner of the modern concept of clever layout.
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E. " His master, Trajan, a mild and accomplished prince, went, nevertheless, no further in his sentiments of moderation and equity, than what appears in the following rescript: " The EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. " And this direction he gives, after it had been reported to him by his own president, that, by the most strict examination nothing could be discovered in the principles of these persons, but " a bad and excessive superstition," accompanied, it seems, with an oath or mutual federation, " to allow themselves in no crime or immoral conduct whatever/' The truth is, the ancient heathens considered religion entirely as an affair of state, as much under the tuition of the magistrate, as any other part of the police.
Vol. i. p. 359- 42 EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. might serve as lights to illuminate the night. Nero lent his own gardens for these executions, and exhibited at the same time a mock Circensian entertainment; being a spectator of the whole, in the dress of a charioteer, sometimes mingling with the crowd on foot, and sometimes viewing the spectacle from his car. This conduct made the sufferers pitied; and though they were criminals, and deserving the severest punishments, yet they were considered as sacrificed, not so much out of a regard to the public good, as to gratify the cruelty of one man/1 Our concern with this passage at present is only so far as it affords a presumption in support of the proposition which we maintain, concerning the activity and sufferings of the first teachers of Christianity.
EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. 29 neral persecution being denounced against them by imperial authority. Some length of time, I should suppose, might pass, before the vast machine of the Roman empire would be put in motion, or its attention be obtained to religious controversy: but, during that time, a great deal of ill usage might be endured, by a set of friendless, unprotected travellers, telling men, wherever they came, that the religion of their ancestors, the religion in which they had been brought up, the religion of the state, and of the magistrate, the rites which they frequented, the pomp which they admired, was throughout a system of folly and delusion.
A View of the Evidences of Christianity, Volume 1: In Three Parts by William Paley