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Página 13 - So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty : and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet there are not three Almighties : but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God : and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods : but one God.
Página 5 - As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
Página 9 - There is even a particular argument in favour of the miraculous part of the fcripture hiftory; to be drawn from the reluctance of mankind to receive miraculous facts. It is true that this reluctance is greater in...
Página 12 - For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one ; the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
Página 9 - ... the Jews at the time of Christ's appearance, as they had then been without miracles for four hundred years, or more. Now this reluctance must make both the writers and readers very much upon their guard ; and if it be now one of the chief prejudices against revealed religion, as unbelievers unanimously assert, it is but reasonable to allow also, that it would be a strong check upon the publication of a miraculous history at or near the time when the miracles were...
Página 54 - Pagan religions appear to have had the worihip of one God fuperior to the reft, as their common foundation. They all endeavoured to render him propitious by facrifice ; which furely cannot be an human invention, nor a cuftom, which, if invented in one nation, would be readily propagated to another. They all joined mediatorial and inferior, alfo local and tutelar deities to the one God. And they all taught the frequency of divine communication?.
Página 19 - If we confider the circumftances recited in the laft paragraph, it'Will appear, that thefe traditionary evidences are fufficient ones; and we fha.ll have a real argument, as well as one ad hominem, for receiving books fo handed down to us. For it is not to be conceived, that whole nations fhould either be impofed upon themfelves, or concur to deceive others, by forgeries of books or facts. Thefe books and facts muft therefore, in general, be genuine and true; and it is a ftrong additional evidence...
Página 7 - And indeed the arguments for the general truth of the hiftory of any age or nation, .where regular records have been kept, are fo interwoven together, and fupport each other in fuch a variety of ways, that it is extremely difficult to keep the ideas of. them diftinct, not to anticipate, and not to prove more than the exactnefs of method requires one to prove. Or, in other words, the inconfiftency of the contrary fuppofition is fo great, that they can fcarce ftand long enough to be confuted.