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ON

THE EVIDENCES,

. .
DOCTRINES, AND PRACTICAL OPERATION,

Christianity;

BY

JOSEPH JOHN GURNEY.

EN TOTTOIE IZOI. 1 Tim. iv, 15.

FROM THE THIRD LONDON EDITION.

Philadelphia:

THOMAS KITE AND TOWER & HOGAN; BOSTON, CROCKER &
BREWSTER; NEW YORK, G. & c. & H. CARVILL AND
MAHLON DAY; BALTIMORE, ARMSTRONG &

PLASKETT.

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PREFACE.

THE subject of Christianity-a subject of infinite interest and importance appears to admit of a natural division into three parts: first, the evidence on which is established the divine authority both of our religion itself and of those sacred writings in which it is recorded : secondly, the doctrines revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and constituting the great system of divine truth: Thirdly, the practical principles, through the operation of which, in the soul, the Gospel of Jesus Christ produces for mankind its legitimate results-righteousness here, and eternal happiness hereafter.

Such is the order in which the subject is treated, in the volume now presented to the attention of the public.

The first four Essays of the work will be found to contain a brief, elementary, statement of the principal evi. dences, which prove the fundamental proposition, that Christianity is the religion of God. My argument, under this head, relates, first, to the genuineness of the New Testament; secondly, to its truth or authenticity ; thirdly, to the miracles of Jesus Christ and his apostles, considered as a divine attestation of the revelation which they accompanied; fourthly, to the prophecies by which that revelation is also attested ; and fifthly, to the internal evidences of Christianity, and to its actual moral effects.

The proposition, that Christianity is the religion of God, may be established on the ground of the genuineness and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures, independently of the fact, that they were given by inspiration. But, since we cannot avail ourselves, with a sufficient degree of confidence, of the truths revealed to us in Scripture, unless we

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