Christianity and Positivism: A Series of Lectures to the Times on Natural Theology and Apologetics, Delivered in New York, Jan. 16 to March 20, 1871, on the "Ely Foundation" of the Union Theological Seminary

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VIII.

OUR LORD'S LIFE A REALITY AND NOT A ROMANCE. -- CRITICISM OF RENAN's LIFE OF JESUS.

THE points which I have been discussing in the previous lectures have a bearing both upon Natural and Revealed Religion. If we cannot know any thing except what passes under our sentient experience, we have no evidence of those great verities to which faith looks; and if the soul of man be material, it is not easy to see how we can rise to the conception of an immaterial God, or be justified in holding by the immortality of the soul. And it is to be borne in mind, that the Scriptures do not set about proving that there is a God: they assume that he exists, and claim to be a revelation of his will. There have been persons who sought to undermine our belief in natural religion, in order to shut us up into revealed religion, -- a very perilous undertaking, inasmuch as in pulling down the platform on which their opponents are placed, they pull down that on which they themselves stand. I can join heartily with all those who would establish in a logical manner the great truths of Natural Theology; and I confidently expect help at this

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface. iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Lectures to the Times On Natural Theology and Apologetics. 1
  • II 35
  • III 63
  • IV 97
  • V 124
  • VI 151
  • VII 179
  • VIII 220
  • IX 255
  • X 297
  • Appendix. 343
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