By William Paley
This two-volume publication by way of the thinker and theologian William Paley, released in 1794, was once thought of so vital that it was once required studying for Cambridge scholars (including Charles Darwin) good into the 19th century. This vintage paintings of apologetics is split into 3 components during which Paley discusses the old facts for Christianity and the miracles of Jesus Christ. He starts off quantity 1 with the proposition that the unique witnesses to Christ's miracles may be believed, simply because they spent their whole lives in consistent threat for what they witnessed. Paley takes on Hume's argument that no miracle will be proved whatever the quantity of facts with the commentary that if one believes in God, then miracles may be anticipated. Paley's highbrow defence of Christianity used to be essentially the most renowned of the day, and his paintings is taken into account a right away forerunner of the modern idea of clever layout.
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Public worship of the temples, or refuse a compliance with rites instituted by the laws*. These things are what the Christians did, and what the philosophers did not; and in these consisted the activity and danger of the enterprise. Thirdly, it ought also to be considered, that this danger proceeded not merely from solemn acts and public resolutions of the state, but from sudden bursts of violence at particular places, from the licence of the populace, the rashness of some magistrates and negligence of others ; from the influence and instigation of interested adversaries, and, in general, from the variety and warmth of opinion which an errand so novel and extraordinary could not fail of exciting- I can conceive that the teachers of Christianity might both fear and suffer much from these causes, without any ge* The best of the ancient philosophers, Plato, Cicero, and Epictetus, allowed, or rather enjoiued, men to worship the gods of the country, and in the established form.
Lib. v. cap. 9—13. EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY. 21 was become the popular hope and passion, and like all popular opinions, undoubting, and impatient of contradiction. They clung to this hope under every misfortune of their country, and with more tenacity as their dangers or calamities increased. To find, therefore, that expectations so gratifying were to be worse than disappointed; that they were to end in the diffusion of a mild unambitious religion, which, instead of victories and triumphs, instead of exalting their nation and institution above the rest of the world, was to advance those whom they despised to an equality with themselves, in those very points of comparison in which they most valued their own distinction, could be no verypleasing discovery to a Jewish mind ; nor could the messengers of such intelligence expect to be well received or easily credited.
Jewish and Heath. Test. 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.