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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 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.

CHAP. VIII.

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The same proved from the authority of our historical

Scriptures ......................................................... 78

CHAP. IX.

Of the authenticity of the historical scriptures, in Eleven .

Sections..........

SECTION 1.. Quotations of the historical Scriptures by

ancient Christian writers.......

........... 101

Section 2. Of the peculiar respect with which they were

quoted ................................................................ 128

SECTION 3. The Scriptures were in very early times col-

lected into a distinct volume ........... ............. 132

SECTION 4. And distinguished by appropriate names and

titles of respect....................................................... 136

SECTION 5. Were publicly read and expounded in the

· religious assemblies of the early Christians.................. 139

Section 6. Commentaries, &c. were anciently written

upon the Scriptures.................................................. 142

SECTION 7. They were received by ancient Christians of

different sects and persuasions.......... .............. 147

SECTION 8. The four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles,

thirteen Epistles of St. Paul, the first Epistle of John,

and the first of Peter were received without doubt by

those who doubted concerning the other books of our pre-

sent canon ...

........... 155

Section 9. Our present Gospels were considered by the

adversaries of Christianity as containing the accounts

upon which the religion was founded ...

................ 160

Section 10. Formal catalogues of authentic Scriptures

were published, in all which our present Gospels were

included ...................................................

................ 167

SECTION 11. The above propositions cannot be predi-

cated of those books which are commonly called apocry-

phal books of the New Testament........... ............ 169

CHAP. X. .

Recapitulation ...........

..................... 175

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