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T. R. DRURY, PRINTER, 10, JOHNSON'S COURT, FLEET STREET,

LONDON,

TO THE

HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND

JAMES YORK, D.D.

LORD BISBOP OF ELY.

MY LORD,

WHEN, five years ago, an important station in the University of Cambridge awaited your Lordship’s disposal, you were pleased to offer it to me. The circumstances under which this offer was made, demand a public acknowledgment. I had never seen your Lordsbip ; I possessed no connexion which could possibly recommend me to your favour; I was known to you, only by my endeavours, in common with many others, to discharge 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, altbough 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 wbicb suggested it.

How the following work may be received, I pretend not to foretel. My first prayer concerning it is, that it may do good to any: my second hope, that it may assist, what it bath 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 public principles, I have made the best public return in my power.

In the mean time, and in every event, I rejoice in
the opportunity here afforded me, of testifying the
sense I entertain of your Lordship’s conduct, and
of a notice which I regard as the most flattering
distinction of my life. I am, MY LORD,
With sentiments of gratitude and respect,

Your Lordship's faithful
And most obliged servant,

W. PALEY.

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CHAP. IV.-Direct evidence of the same

CHAP. V.-Observations upon the preceding

evidence

44

CHAP. VI.— That the story, for which the

first propagators of Christianity suffered, was

miraculous

49

CHAP. VII.-That it was, in the main, the

story which we have now, proved by indirect

considerations

53

CHAP. VIII.-The same proved, from the

authority of our bistorical Scriptures 67

CHAP. IX.-Of the autbenticity of the histo-

rical Scriptures, in eleven Sections

80

Sect. I.-Quotations of the historical Scrip-

tures by ancient Christian writers

87

Sect. II.-Of the peculiar respect with which

they were quoted

110

Sect. III. The Scriptures were in very early

times collected into a distinct volume 114

Sect. IV.-And distinguished by appropriate

names and titles of respect

117

Sect. V.- Were publicly read and expounded

in the religious assemblies of the early Cbris-

tians

119

Sect. VI.-Commentaries, &c. were anciently

written upon the Scriptures

122

Sect. VII.- They were received by ancient

Cbristians of different sects and persuasions . 127

Sect. VIII.-The four Gospels, the Acts of

Apostles, thirteen Epistles of Saint Paul,

the First Epistle of Jobn, and the First of

Peter, were received without doubt by those

who doubted concerning the other books of

our present canon

135

Sect. IX.-Our present Gospels were copsi.

dered by the adversaries of Christianity, as

containing the accounts upon which the re-

ligion was founded

137

SECT. X.-Formal catalogues of authentic

Scriptures were publisbed, in all wbicb oor

present Gospels were included

143

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