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16 FEB 1928 OXFORD

Bye and Law, P.i ters; St. John's Square, Clerkenwell. LETTER

TO

GILBERT WEST, Esq.

SIR,

IN
N a late conversation we had together

upon the subject of the Christian reli- .. gion, I told you, that besides all the proofs of it which may be drawn from the prophecies of the Old Testament, from the neceffary connection it has with the whole system of the Jewish religion, from the miracles of Christ, and from the evidence given of his resurrection by all the other Apostles; I thought the Conversion and the Apostleship of St. Paul alone, duly confidered, was of itself a demonstration fufficient to prove Christianity to be a Divine Revelation,

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As you seemed to think that so compendious a proof might be of use to convince those unbelievers that will not attend to a longer series of arguments, I have thrown together the reasons upon which I support that propofition.

In the 26th chapter of the Aets of the Apostles, writ by a cotemporary author, and a companion of St. Paul in preaching the Gospel, as appears by the book itself, ch. XX. ver. 6, 13, 14. xxvii. 1. &c. St. Paul is said to have given himself this account of his conversion and preaching, to King Agrippa and Feftus the Roman governor: "My manner of life from my youth,

which was, at the first, among mine own • nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews, · which knew me from the beginning (if

they would testify) that after the strictest « feet of our religion, I lived a pharisee.

And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God unto

our fathers : unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day ' and night, hope to come ; for which

hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. Why should it be thought

" a thing a thing incredible with you, that God • should raife the dead? I verily thought

with myself, that I ought to do many

things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which things I also did in

Jerusalem, and many of the saints did I « shut up in prison, having received autho

rity from the chief priests; and when they " were put to death, I gave my voice against • them. And I punished them oft in every

synagogue, and compelled them to blas“pheme, and being exceedingly mad against "them, I'perfecuted them even unto strange “ cities. Whereupon as I went to Damafcus' • with authority and commifion from the

chief priests, at mid-day, 0 King, I' faw • in the way a light from heaven, above the

brightness of the sun, shining round about me; and them which journeyed with me.

And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me; and & saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, : 6 why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I 6. said, Who art thou, Lord ? And he said, · I am Jefus whom thou persecutest. But 6 rise, stand upon thy feet;. for. I have ap

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peared unto thee for this purpose, to make • thee a minifter, and a witness both of those

things which thou hast seen, and of those

things in the which I will appear unto • thee; delivering thee from the people,

and from the Gentiles, unto whom I now

fend thee, to open their eyes, and to turn ' them from darkness to light, and from the • power of Satan unto God, that they may ' receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance

among them which are fanctified by faith that is in me, Whereupon, o King

Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the hea! venly vision: but shewed first unto them • of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and through

out all the coast of Yudea, and to the Gen

tiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. | Having therefore obtained help of God, I

continue unto this day witnessing both to small and great, frying none other things " than those which Mofes and the prophets • did say should come : that Chrift should

suffer, and that he should be the first that « Nould rise from the dead, and should

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