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Preparatory Considerations.-Of the antecedent credibility of miracles
OF THE DIRECT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF
CHRISTIANITY, AND WHEREIN IT IS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EVIDENCE ALLEGED FOR OTHER MIRACLES.
That there is satisfactory evidence, that many,
professing to be original witnesses of the Christian miracles, passed their lives in labours, dangers, and sufferings voluntarily un. dergone in attestation of the accounts which they delivered, and solely in consequence of their belief of those accounts ; and that they also submitted, from the same motives, to new rules of conduct
ib. CHAP. I.-Evidence of the sufferings of the first propagators of Christianity, from the nature of
41 CHAP. II.--Evidence of the sufferings of the
first propagators of Christianity, from Profane Testimony
51 CHAP. III.-Indirect evidence of the sufferings
of the first propagators of Christianity, from the Scriptures and other ancient Christian writing's
56 CHAP. IV.-Direct evidence of the same CHAP. V.-Observations upon the preceding evi
Secr. 111.-of the success of Mahomeianism 3.91
HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
JAMES YORK, D. D.
LORD BISHOP OF ELY.
334 ze 337 th 311 31 ot an as
WHEN, five years ago, an important station in the University of Cambridge awaited your 357
Lordship’s disposal, you were pleased to offer it to
me. The circumstances under which this offer of
was made, demand a public acknowledgment. I had never seen your Lordship; I possessed no con
nexion which could possibly recommend me to 372 your favour; I was known to you, only by my en379 deavours, in common with many others, to dis
charge my duty as a tutor in the University; and by some very imperfect, but certainly well-intended, and, as you thought, useful publications since. In an age by no means wanting in examples of honourable patronage, although this deserve not to be mentioned in respect of the object of your Lordship's choice, it is inferior to none in the purity and disinterestedness of the motives which suggested it.
How the following work may be received, I pretend not to foretell. My first prayer concerning it is, that it may do good to any : my second hope, that it may assist, what it hath always been my earnest wish to promote, the religious part of an academical education. If in this latter view it might seem, in any degree, to excuse your Lordship's judgment of its author, I shall be gratified by the
reflection, that, to a kindness flowing from puplic i principles, I have made the best public return in