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Page CAAP. VI. That the story, for which the first

propagators of Christianity suffered, was mira

culous .......::· · · · · 47 CHAP. VII.-That it was, in the main, the story

which we have now, proved by indirect conside

rations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 CHAP. VIII.—The same proved, from the authority

of our historical Scriptures. . . . . . . . 63 CHAP. IX.-Of the authenticity of the historical

Scriptures, in eleven Sections ...... 75 Sect. I—Quotations of the historical Scriptures by

ancient Christian writers . . . . . . . . 82 Sect. II.-Of the peculiar respect with which they

were quoted . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 SECT. III.-The Scriptures were in very early times

collected into a distinct volume. . . . . . 107 SECT. IV.-And distinguished by appropriate names

and titles of respect . ....... 110 SECT. V. Were publicly read and expounded in

the religious assemblies of the early Christians . 119 Sect. VI.-Commentaries, &c. were anciently writ

ten upon the Scriptures . . . . . . . 115 Sect. VII.-They were received by ancient Chris

tians of different sects and persuasions ... 119 SECT. VIII.—The four Gospels, the Acts of the

Apostles, thirteen Epistles of Saint Paul, the First Epistle of John, and the First of Peter, were received without doubt by those who doubted concerning the

other books of our present canon . . . . . 125 Sect. IX.-Our present Gospels were considered

by the adversaries of Christianity, as containing the accounts upon which the religion was

founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 SECT. X.-Formal catalogues of authentic Scriptures

were published, in all which our present Gospels

were included . . . . . . . . . . . 135 SECT. XI. The above propositions cannot be pre

dicated of those books which are commonly called

apocryphal books of the New Testament , • . 137 CHĄP. X-Recapitulation......... 141

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PART III.

ABRIEP CONSIDERATION OF SOME POPULAR
OBJECTIONS.

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CAAP. I.-The Discrepancies between the several

Gospels............. 298 CHAP. II.-Erroneous Opinions imputed to the

Apostles . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 CHAP. III.-The connexion of Christianity with the

Jewish History ......... . 306 CHAP. IV.- Rejection of Christianity ... 308 CHAP. V.-That the Christian miracles are not re

cited, or appealed to, by early Christian writers themselves, so fully or frequently as might have

been expected ........... 322 CHAP. VI.-Want of universality in the knowledge

and reception of Christianity, and of greater clear

ness in the evidence ......... 330 CHAP. VII.—The supposed Effects of Christianity 336 CHAP. VIII.-Conclusion ....... 343

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