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<THE RIGHT REVEREND

JOHN LAW, D. D,

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loRD BISHOP OF KILLALLA AND ACHONRY,
AS A TESTIMONY OF ESTEEM
FOR HIS VIRTUES AND LEARNING,
AND OF GRATITUDE
EOR THE LONG AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP,
WITH VVHICH
THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN HONOURED
BY HIM,
THIS ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM THE EVIDENCE
OF THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY,
IS INSCRIBED
EY HIS AFFECTIONATE

AND MOST OBLIGED SERVANT,

W. PALEY.

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“T H E T R U T H o R T H E Scripture Hiftory of St. Paul

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'TiiE volume of Chriftian fcriptures contains thirteen letters purporting to be written by St. Paul; it contains alfo a book, which amongft other things, profeffès to deliver the hiftory, or rather memoirs of the hiftory, of this fame perfon.

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By afluming the genuinenefs of the letters, we may prove the fubftantial truth of the hiftory ; or, by affuming the truth of the hiftory, we may argue ftrongly in fupport of the genuinenefs of the letters. But I affume neither one nor the other. The reader is at liberty to fuppofe thefe writings to have been lately difcovered in the library of the Efcurial,, and to come to our hands deftitute of any extrinfic or collateral evidence whatever ; and the argument I am about to offer is calculated to fhew, that a comparifon of the different writings would, even under thefe circumftances, afford good reafon to' believe the perfons and tranfactions to have been real, the letters authentic, and the narration in the main to be

true. Agreement or conformity between letters bearing the name of an ancient author, and a received hiftory of that author's life, does not neceffarily eftablifh the credit of either : becaufe, - 1. Tbe hiftory may, like Middleton's Life of Cicero, or Jortin's Life of Erafmus, have been wholly, or in part, compiled from

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