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Reason and Faith, Theor Claims and Conflicts. with an Appendix Containing ...
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absurdity admit advocate alleged amidst amongst answer appears applied argument believe better Butler cause certainly Christ Christianity conclusion condition contradictions course criticism denied depends difficulties discrepancies divine doctrines doubt effect equally error especially evidence example exercise existence experience expressed fact fairly faith fictions further give given Gospel hand human hypothesis ignorance impossible improbable infidelity infinitely involved Jesus knowledge language least legends less limits manner Mark matter mind minute miracles moral myths narrative nature necessary never objections obscure once origin perhaps philosophy points portion possible prejudices present principle probable proofs prove question reader reason receive records reject relation religion revelation says Scripture sense similar statement Strauss success sufficient supposed tells Testament theory thing thought tion true truth universe whole writers
Page 105 - He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him : for he said, I am the Son of God.
Page 90 - It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as if, in the present age, this were an agreed point among all people of discernment...
Page 46 - Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
Page 96 - Indeed no just notion of the true nature of history is possible, without a perception of the inviolability of the chain of finite causes, and of the impossibility of miracles.
Page 46 - If I had not come and spoken unto them they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sins: if I had not done among them the works that none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father
Page 27 - But the truth of our religion, like the truth of common matters, is to be judged of by all the evidence taken together. And unless the whole series of things which may be alleged...
Page 76 - ... receive such and such portions, on account of the weight of the general evidence, and yet reject other portions, though sustained by the same evidence, because we think there is something unreasonable or revolting in their substance, is plainly to accept evidence only where it pleases us, and to reject it where it pleases us not. The only question fairly at issue must ever be, whether the general evidence for Christianity will overbear the difficulties which we cannot separate from the truths....
Page 90 - On the contrary, thus much, at least, will be here found, not taken for granted, but proved, that any reasonable man, who will thoroughly consider the matter, may be as much assured, as he is of his own being, that it is not, however, so clear a case, that there is nothing in it.
Page 68 - It is necessary to remember this, in order to obviate an advantage which the very vagueness of much modern opposition to Christianity would obtain, from the notion that some prodigious arguments have been discovered, which the intellect of a Pascal or a Butler was not comprehensive enough to anticipate, and which no Clarke or Paley would have been logician enough to refute.