On the miraculous and internal evidences of the Christian revelation

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Page 284 - Shakespeare, alas ! to shed a never-setting light on his contemporaries: — and if we continue to write and rhyme at the present rate for 200 years longer, there must be some new art of short-hand reading invented — or all reading will be given up in despair.
Page 187 - that there are more, and larger quotations of the small volume of the New Testament in this one Christian author, than there are of all the works of Cicero in writers of all characters for several ages...
Page 71 - Now, a miracle is a violation of the laws of nature : and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as complete as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined...
Page 272 - FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...
Page 284 - Our living poets will then be nearly as old as Pope and Swift are at present — but there will stand between them and that generation nearly ten times as much fresh and fashionable poetry as is now interposed between us and those writers : — and if Scott, and Byron, and Campbell, have already cast Pope and Swift a good deal into the shade, in what form and dimensions are they themselves likely to be presented to the eyes of their great-grandchildren?
Page 70 - All probability, then, supposes an opposition of experiments and observations, where the one side is found to overbalance the other, and to produce a degree of evidence, proportioned to the superiority.
Page 277 - I can tell the place in which the blessed Polycarp sat and taught, and his going out and coming in, and the manner of his life, and the form of his person, and the discourses he made to the people ; and how he related his conversation with John, and others who had seen the Lord, and how he related their sayings, and what he had heard...
Page 45 - ... with no different effect; if it was at last executed ; if I myself saw them, one after another, consenting to be racked, burnt, or strangled, rather than give up the truth of their account;— still, if Mr Hume's rule be my guide, I am not to believe them. Now I undertake to say that there exists not a sceptic in the world, who would not believe them, or who would defend such incredulity.
Page 242 - This is the teacher of Asia, the father of the Christians, the destroyer of our gods, who teacheth all men not to sacrifice, nor to 'worship them!
Page 114 - La Place in his treatise on the doctrine of probabilities admits this power of the senses to ascertain the truth even of events the most violently improbable. He puts the case of a hundred dice being thrown into the air, and of their all falling on the same faces. " If we had ourselves," he says, " been spectators of such an event, we would not believe our own eyes, till we had scrupulously examined all the circumstances, and assured ourselves that there was no trick nor deception. After such an...

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