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We cannot fail to recognise Him…

We cannot fail to recognise Him…

'Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?' The hope, that she might now learn what she sought, gave wings to her words--intensity and pathos. If the supposed gardener had borne to another place the Sacred Body, she would take It away, if only she knew where It was...

Watson, Richard

Watson, Richard

An Apology for the Bible is Bishop Watson’s answer to Thomas Paine’s book The Age of Reason, Part II, which is a sort of catalogue of standard gripes about both the Old and the New Testaments. The book is surprisingly timely, as many of these objections are still...

Announcing the Deeper Roots Conference

Announcing the Deeper Roots Conference

Looking for a way to: deepen your faith? strengthen your relationship with God? gain confidence in sharing your faith with others? pass on your faith to your children? meet others interested in these same things? Join the Library of Historical Apologetics in...

Blunt, John James

Blunt, John James

An undesigned coincidence occurs when one account of an event leaves out a bit of information that doesn’t affect the overall picture, but a different account indirectly supplies the missing detail, usually answering some natural question raised by the first. Forgers...

Butler: All of the evidence taken together

Butler: All of the evidence taken together

[T]he truth of our religion, like the truth of common matters, is to be judged of by all the evidence taken together. And unless the whole series of things which may be alleged in this argument, and every particular thing in it, can reasonably be supposed to have been by accident (for here the stress of the argument for Christianity lies); then is the truth of it proved; …

Chesterton on Miracles

Chesterton on Miracles

Somehow or other an extraordinary idea has arisen that the disbelievers in miracles consider them coldly and fairly, while believers in miracles accept them only in connection with some dogma. The fact is quite the other way. The believers in miracles accept them...

Nathaniel Lardner on the Argument from Silence

Nathaniel Lardner on the Argument from Silence

TWO OBJECTIONS TAKEN FROM THE SILENCE OF JOSEPHUS. I. He has not mentioned the slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem: II. Nor of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. ST. MATTHEW says, chap. ii. 16, “Then Herod, when he saw that he was...

Do we meet him prepared as we should be for the battle?

Do we meet him prepared as we should be for the battle?

In a well-disciplined army, the officers are not only trained to handle arms and resist an attack from the enemy, but are instructed in the most efficient find successful modes of laying siege to fortresses, defending important stations, from assailants, and, in...

Humphrey Ditton on the Place of Reason

Humphrey Ditton on the Place of Reason

“If whilst we attempt to infer the Truth of the Resurrection of Christ, we run counter to any truly rational and allowed Principles; if the Arguments we make use of, when thoroughly sifted and traced, are found to terminate in that which the sober Sense of Mankind...

Brooke Foss Westcott: To this point all former history converges

Brooke Foss Westcott: To this point all former history converges

If the fact of the Resurrection be in itself, as it confessedly is, absolutely unique in all human experience, the point which it occupies in history is absolutely unique also. To this point all former history converges as to a certain goal: from this point all subsequent history flows as from its life-giving spring.

Grotius on Alleged Contradictions in the Gospels

Grotius on Alleged Contradictions in the Gospels

It is objected by some, that the sense of these books is sometimes very different: but whoever fairly examines this matter will find, that, on the contrary, this is an addition to the other arguments for the authority of these books; that in those places which contain...