Prize essay. Christianity and infidelity: an exposition of the arguments on both sides. Arranged according to a plan proposed by G. Baillie

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Hall & Virtue, 1857 - Apologetics - 173 pages
 

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Page 24 - AT that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him.
Page 102 - The happiness of the world is the concern of him who is the Lord and the Proprietor of it ; nor do we know what we are about, when we endeavour to promote the good of mankind in any ways but those which he has directed ; that is, indeed, in all ways not contrary to veracity and justice.
Page 63 - I read these books with care, when I trace the unaffected majesty which runs through the life of Jesus, and see him never falling below his sublime claims amidst poverty, and scorn, and in his last agony, I have a feeling of t;he reality of his character which I cannot express. I feel that the Jewish carpenter could no more have conceived and sustained this character under motives of imposture, than an infant's arm could repeat the deeds of Hercules, or his unawakened intellect comprehend and rival...
Page 47 - God loved us, and gave himself for us, with a love which he himself compares to that of human friendship ; though, in this case, all comparisons must fall infinitely short of the thing intended to be illustrated by them. He interposed in such a manner as was necessary and effectual to prevent that execution of justice upon sinners, which God had appointed should otherwise have been executed upon them; or in such a manner as to prevent that punishment from actually following, which, according to the...
Page 43 - ... of a religion is to be found in the spirit and power which it communicates to its disciples. This is one of the plain teachings of reason. The chief blessing to an intelligent being, that which makes all other blessings poor, is the improvement of his own mind. Man is glorious and happy, not by what he has, but by what he is. He can receive nothing better or nobler than the unfolding of his own spiritual nature. The highest existence in the universe is mind ; for God is mind ; and the development...
Page 124 - To him that hath shall be given ; and from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Page ix - Take in the consideration of religion, or the moral system of the world, and then we see distinct particular reasons for miracles ; to afford mankind instruction additional to that of nature, and to attest the truth of it.
Page 82 - But while the labouring myriads of our country have been multiplying with our multiplied material prosperity, it cannot, it is feared, be stated that a corresponding increase has occurred in the attendance of this class in our religious edifices. More especially in cities and large towns it is observable how absolutely insignificant a portion of the congregations is composed of artisans.
Page 61 - They had their denomination from Christus, who in the reign of Tiberius was put to death as a criminal by the procurator Pontius Pilate.
Page 11 - that there are more, and larger quotations of the small volume of the New Testament in this one Christian author, than there are of all the works of Cicero in writers of all characters for several ages...

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