Of the Authenticity of the historical Scriptures, in eleven Sections
Sect. 1 Quotations of the historical Scriptures
by ancient Christian
Sect. 2 Of the peculiar Respect with which they were quoted.
Sect. 3 The Scriptures were in very early Times collected into a
Sect. 4 And distinguished by appropriate Names and Titles of Respect.
Sect. 5 Were publicly read and expounded in the religious Assemblies of
the early Christians.
Sect. 6 Commentaries, &c., were anciently written upon the Scriptures.
Sect. 7 They were received by ancient Christians of different Sects and
Sect. 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 present Canon.
Sect. 9 Our present Gospels were considered by the adversaries of
Christianity as containing the Accounts upon which the Religion
Sect. 10 Formal Catalogues of authentic Scriptures were published, in
all which our present Gospels were included.
Sect. 11 The above Propositions cannot be predicated of those Books
which are commonly called Apocryphal Books of the New
OF THE DIRECT HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF CHRISTIANITY, AND WHEREIN IT IS DISTINGUISHED FROM THE EVIDENCE ALLEGED FOR OTHER MIRACLES.
That there is not satisfactory Evidence, that Persons pretending to be original Witnesses of any other similar Miracles have acted in the same Manner, in Attestation of the Accounts which they delivered, and solely in consequence of their Belief of the Truth of those Accounts.
Consideration of some specific Instances
Of the auxiliary evidences of Christianity,
The Morality of the Gospel
The Candour of the Writers of the New Testament
Identity of Christ’s Character