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Authenticity of the books of the New Testament stands on the

authority of apostle Paul, i. 68 ; illustrated by that of the
Book of Common Prayer, 70; Doomsday Book, 71; Insti-
tutes of Justinian, 71; Ancient Classics, 72; Manifest from
their contents, 82; and, by analogy, from the conduct of
men respecting legal deeds, 83. The proofs of, which we
possess, are irradiations of the divine glory, 85; and demand
our sincere confidence, 86. They consist of the testimony
of witnesses, in succession, from the present day up to the
time of the apostles, 89; a specimen of their testimony, 94;
of the progressive settlement of the sacred canon, 91; the
admissions of Heathen and Jewish adversaries, 98; the
number and antiquity of our manuscripts, 101; the style
and manner of the books, 104 ; unexpected confirmations,
108.

Babylon, destruction of, i, 210.
Bacon's, Lord, remark on first flowings of Scripture, i. 363 ;

on the office of reason, ii. 312; on interpretation of Scrip-

tures, note, 355.
Beneficial effects of Christianity. See Effects of Christianity.
Benevolence and compassion of Jesus Christ, ii. 101.
Benevolence, the cement of national virtue, ii. 424.
Boyle, the Honourable Robert, the character and conduct of,

ii. 264.

Canaanites, the history of, shows the fulfilment of prophecy

concerning them, i. 243.
Candid and sincere mind, all is light in Christianity to the,

i. 377.
Canon of Scripture, the progressive settlement of, i. 91.
Cecil's Remains cited, i. 149.
Celsus, the Heathen philosopher, admits the genuineness of the

New Testament, i, 98.
CHRIST must be received into the heart, as well as the mi-

racles he wrought be believed, i. 178. The character and
conduct of our Lord Jesus, ii. 86; his claims, 87; his
conduct as MEDIATOR, 90; the Son of God, and the SAVI-
our of the world, 90 ; a teacher and revealer of the will of
God, as to his manner, dignified and forcible, 92 ; yet mild
and attractive, 93; as to his matter, grand, and yet intelli-
gible, 94; earnest, and yet wise, 94; in a state of humilia-
tion, 96; promising to his disciples a heavenly reward, 98.

As a PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, an example of human virtue, 100;
piety and devotion to his heavenly Father, 100; benevolence
and compassion towards man, 101 ; meekness and lowliness
of spirit, 103 ; superiority to the world, 103; strict tem-
perance, and command of the inferior appetites, 104; forti-
tude and constancy, 104; prudence and discretion, 105;
all these unalloyed with the kindred failings, 106; opposite
graces in equal proportion, 106; carried to the utmost
height, and continued in one even tenor, 107; with a pecu-
liar harmony, 108. AS THE FOUNDER of the Christian reli-
gion, 108; his suitableness to the necessities of man, 108 ;
the surprising novelty and sublimity of his deportment, 110;
the different parts of his character correspond with his un-
dertaking, 111; the impression and effect of his whole
public character, 113; the manner in which it is given by
the evangelists, 113. The argument in favour of Christi-
anity, springs from a fair presumption upon the first state-
ment of the case, 116; rises higher when contrasted with
every other pretension, 116; becomes a moral demonstra-
tion, 119; and bears away the heart of every serious in-

quirer, 121.
Christian, the true, feels the necessity of Revelation, i. 63.
Christians should take care that the good effects of Christianity

be the result of religious principles in themselves, i. 309 ;
must not stop short in its temporal benefits, 309; and will
find its advantages in proportion to the development of its
strength and energy, 311. Young Christians should con-

tinue in the things they have been assured of, 342.
Christian nations, the state of, shows that Revelation was neces-

sary, i. 57; viewed in the sixteenth century, 57 ; at any
period, 57 ; at the present day, 57. The advantages they

possess, 63.
Christian Revelation speaks a decisive language, ii. 9; unfolds

all the mysteries of man's condition, 13; accounts for the
apparent contradictions of his state, 17; and addresses him
on this footing, 17. Provides also a remedy for all his

wants, 17; and is calculated for universal diffusion, 23. .
Christianity courts inquiry, i. 1; is not a speculation, 20 ; re-

quires her students to be of a meek and docile disposition,
23. The only religion set up and established by miracles,
174. Effects of, 289. Admission of the inspiration of
the Scripture essential to the right reception of Christia-
nity, 358. Connives at no one vice, ii. 27. The sum of,
Jesus Christ, 122 ; supposed to be universal, 153. What
it is, and what it is not, 155. Directions for making at

personal trial of it, 192. Is so excellent in itself that the
slightest external evidence is sufficient to oblige men to

obey it, ii. 369.
Clement, Bishop of Rome, A. D. 91 to 110, testimony of, to

the authenticity of books of New Testament, i. 94 ; to the in-

spiration, 340.
Coins, ancient, see Medals.
Common sense, it is an act of, to follow the proofs of Christi-

anity, i. 372. Common sense and the ordinary laws of
human language assist us to the right method of interpre-

tation, ii. 337.
Compass, the Bible is the Christian's, i. 149.
Confirmations to the authenticity of the New Testament unes-

pected, i. 108. A remarkable fragment discovered in 1740,

110.
Consolatory, the Christian doctrines are, ii, 50.
Constantine's, the Emperor, attachment to sacred Scriptures,

i. 97.
Contradictions of Infidelity and Paganism, ii. 46.
Converts. Men of the finest talents convinced by the Chris-

tian history, i. 132. The moral and religious change wrought

in the Christian, 274. Included persons of all ranks, 275.
Conviction of the truth of Christianity is strengthened the more

practically its propagation is considered, i. 287.
Credibility of the Old Testament, i. 142.
Credibility of the New Testament defined, i. 119; illustrated,

120; established by the authenticity of the books, 121 ; by
the extraordinary prominence and small number of the prin-
cipal facts, 122; by the positive and various testimonies
adduced, 123; by the testimony of the governors of Roman
provinces, 125; Heathen writers, 125 ; Jewish bistorians,
127; by the conviction produced in the minds of men of the
finest talents, who, examining the pretensions of Christi.
anity, met its claims at first with prejudice and hatred, 132 ;
by silence of Mahomet, 132 ; by existing rites and usages,
which sprang out of the facts of Christianity, 132 ; by an-
cient and authentic monuments, coins, and medals, 133; by
the character and circumstances of the sacred writers them.
selves, 135 ; fifteen witnesses, 136; possessing a full knorr-
ledge of the things they attested, 136 ; and of wbich they
were competent judges, 137 ; being persons of the strictest
integrity, 138 ; of sound minds, and by no means credulous,
139; relating events at the spot where they occurred, and
before the multitudes who witnessed them, 139; their sub-

sequent lives marked by unparalleled benevolence and holi-
ness, 140; while they had nothing to expect for their
testimony but temporal calamities and death, 140; no one
came forward to complain of an imposition, 141; if our ac-
counts be false, where the true one, 142.

Depravity of the human heart the greatest obstacle to the full

reception of Christianity, i. 375.
Direction, the, which Christianity takes, ii. 128.
Directions for entering on a personal trial of Christianity as a

matter of experience, ii. 188; study Christianity in the
Bible itself, 192 ; trace out in your heart and character the
truth of the particular statements of the Bible, as to the
condition to man and his guilt before God, 196; pray fer-
vently for divine grace, 200; use the means which God has
promised to bless, 203; keep your eye fixed on the great
object which Christianity reveals, 205; observe how all the
parts of it constitute a whole, and meet all the necessities of

your case, 207.
Divine AUTHORITY of Christianity established by miracles,

i. 150; prophecy, 180, 186; its propagation, 258; preser-
vation, 28 ; beneficial effects, 289 ; adaptation, ii, 1; doc-
trines, 32 ; morals, 59; example of Christ, 86; and ten.

dency, 121.
Docile hearers, address to, ii, 121, 429.
Docility necessary in a student of Christianity, i. 24, 202, 256;

essential to a sound interpretation of Scripture, ii. 332, 360,

362,
Doctrines of Christianity, definition of, ii. 32 ; enumeration of

the chief doctrines, 33; their divine excellency pointed out,
42; they all emanate from the character of God, 42; pos-
sess simplicity, 43; surpassing grandeur and sublimity, 44 ;
and an harmony which stamps their divine authority, 43;
meet all the necessities of man, 48; and yet promote the
ends of God's moral government, 48; are deeply humili-
ating, 50 ; and yet sources of consolation, 51 ; they are the
result of the great design of Almighty God, 53; augment
the inward evidence of Christianity, 57 ; and demand of the

true Christian, love and gratitude to God, 58.
Doddridge and Rousseau, contrasted, ii. 269.

Effects of Christianity a proof of its divine authority, i. 289;
Christianity implants good principles, 290; arouses con.
science, 290; discourages vices, and establishes contrary

virtues, 291 ; mitigates insatiable ardour after worldly pos-
sessions, 291 ; implants enlarged benevolence, 291 ; expels
indolence, 291 ; and elevates the whole character of man,
291; Christianity banishes an immense mass of evils-
idolatry, 291 ; murder, 292 ; exposing of infants, 293 ; di-
vorce and polygamy, 293; the degradation of the female
sex, 291; the cruelties of domestic slavery, 294 ; private
assassination, 295; and a thousand similar evils, 295 ;
Christianity mitigates many other evils--such as the horrors
of war, 297 ; the spirit of faction and party-animosities in
states, 299 ; venality and corruption, 299 ; offences against
temperance and chastity, 299; and raises the standard of
public opinion as to morals and religion, 300. Christianity
has conferred, and is conferring, numerous substantial be-
nefits on individuals and nations; it has elevated the female
sex, 301 ; blessed the lower orders of society, 301 ; insti-
tuted charitable designs for the relief of human wretched.
ness, 302 ; encircled age with reverence, 303; given man
a day of rest, 303; has infused into Christian legislators
and princes the temper of equity and mercy, 303; con.
ferred the blessing of equal distributive justice, 304 ; ex-
tends its salutary influence to distant provinces, 304 ; and

civilizes states, 305.
Effects, the ulțimate, which Christianity will produce when

all obstacles are removed, ii. 143.
Egyptians, present state of, confirms ancient prophecies, i. 242.
Eusebius, quotation from, respecting the propagation of Chris-

tianity, i. 269.
Evidences of Christianity, not to be continually dwelt upon,

i. 9; but occasionally, 10 ; and not in a way of testimony
merely, 10; but in a practical manner, 10; as in the early
centuries, leading men on to the inward excellencies of the
religion itself, 11. They demand attention at the present
time on account of the young, 11 ; the lapse of time since
Christianity took its rise, 12 ; the decayed state of piety, 13;
a spurious philosophy spread far and wide, 13; the neglect
of the Christian religion, 14 ; and the daring assaults of
scepticism, 15. They are forcible, 15; and may be now
considered with facility, from the diffusion of education, 16;
progress in the study of the law of evidence, 16; the avowed
necessity of following nature, 16; and the revival of primi-
tive piety and zeal, 16. Their importance, 20, 21 ; their
accumulation, 285. The simplicity, variety, independence,
and force of, increase man's obligation, ii. 373. They have
arisen in an incidental manner, ii. 412. The actual mass at
the present time, 416.

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