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E S S A Y

ON THE

CHARACTER

OF THE

APOSTLES And EVANGELISTS:

DESIGNED TO PROVE THAT THET WERE NOT

ENTHUSIASTS;

CONTAINING THE

SUBSTANCE OF SEVERAL DISCOURSES,

DELIVERED IN THE

Chapel Of Trinity-college, Dublin,

BY THE

Rev. RICHARD GRAVES, B.D. M. R.I. A.

AND JUNIOR FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.

"Paulsaid, I am not mad, mojl nolle Fejlus, hut speak the
"words of truth andsoberness.—Acts xxv. 26.

I

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PRINTED

LONDON:
/FOR C. DILLY, IN THE

M.DCC.XCVIII.

POULTRY.

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CHAP. I.

The apostles and evangelists were not enthusiasts, because they did not

embrace the faith which they taught, till they had required and received

sufficient proofs of its divine original.

SECT. I. The generalstatement and division of the subject." Page I

SECT. II. The fall!) os the apostles in their Lord, at its first origin

and progress, was founded not on the delusions of enthusiasm, but on

rational proofs. - - - 7

SECT. III. Some circumstances which have afforded pretexts for im-

puting our Lord's miracles to the force of enthusiasm, considered and

explained. - - - 13

SECT. IV. The nature of the mirdcles wrought by our Lord

during his public ministry, and the circumstances which attended them, -

prove they cannot be ascribed to the power of enthusiasm. 21

SECT. V. The apostles belief in our Lord's resurrection, and in the

subsequent manifestation of his divine power, was not impuiable to en-

thusiasm. - - - 32

CHAP. II.

Containing arguments to prove that the apostles were not enthusiasts, from

their not requiring faith in others without supplying sufficient evidence

to justify it.

SECT. I. The apostles converted men not by enthusiastic delusions,

but by working public and indisputable Miracles. - 40

SECT. II. The arguments from Prophecy adduced by the apostles

could not derive their weight from the influence us enihufiafm---proved

in this section, so far as relates to the Prophecies of the Old Testa-

ment, which the apostles asserted were accomplished in the person of

our Saviour. - - - 53

SECT. III. The prophecies delivered by our Saviour, and such

predictions of the apostles as are connected with them, are not imputa-

ble to enthusiasm. - - 64

SECT. IV. The Mode in which the apostles proposed the evidence

of Christianity was free from enthusiasm. - 7^

CHAP. III.

The Conduct of the apostles, shewn to be inconsistent with thesuppos-
tion of their having been enthusiasts.

SECT. I. The general conduct of the apostles in their private capa-

city, inconsistent with enthusiasm. - -93

SECT. II. The conduct of the apostles in the regulation of the church,

proves them to have been exempt from enthisiafm. - 97

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