LETTER VIII.-PAGE 92.
The question under discussion, not the infallibility, but the authenticity of
the Bible. Miracles no objection to the Bible as a revelation, but rather an
evidence in its favour. The Bible miracles of such a kind as to leave on
chance for deception &c., and therefore they stand on ground peculiarly their
own. The credibility of a thing not lessened by mere length of time.
Absurdity of doubting one's own senses, rather than to believe in a miracle.
The miraculous conception and divine character of the Saviour. Religion the
safe side. Any religion preferable, on account of its consolations, to scep-
not an enemy to free inquiry. Remarks relative to the
Christian fathers and the French Revolution. Character of our revolutionary
patriots, and of the American people at that period. Instances in which
religionists have been friends of reform. Unfairness of sceptics in charging
the wickedness of Anti-Christians upon Christianity. Rousseau's testimony,
that nothing but Christianity improves mankind. Prophecy an evidence of
the divine character of the Bible. Internal evidence.
LETTER IX.-PAGE 116.
In what sense the Bible is the word of God. Inconsistency of Mr. Owen
relative to the subject of miracles. How to distinguish between divine
and infernal miracles. Certainty not necessary to induce belief. An almighty
being can enable us to know whether a revelation is from himself. Every
subject disputed. Difference in the cases of the scripture miracles and others.
Characters of our revolutionary leaders. Mr. Owen's opinion on suicide
considered. His sensual heaven. Extracts from various authors in proof of
the genuineness, authenticity, and uncorrupted preservation of the Bible, and
the rápid spread of Christianity in the first three centuries. Proposition to
sceptics, to see if they can spread it as they say it was spread.
LETTER X.-PAGE 160.
Distinction between real and false miracles and predictions. Clearness of
some of the Bible predictions. Reply to Mr. Owen's objection to several
predictions. Original letter from Rev. Wm. Jackson of Alexandria, relative
to the religious character of Washington. Original letter from Rev. Mr.
Whitney of Quincy, relative to the religious character of John Adams.
Difference between a revolution and a violation of law. Explanation of the
seeming difficulty in the case of the prediction relative to the destruction of
Jerusalem and the end of the world. Various prophecies noticed. Papyrus,
parchment, &c. Confirmation of the Bible history and miracles, by the actual
state of things, and by universal history and tradition. Catholics have never
had the sole keeping of the Bible. The Florentine and Athanasian mira-
cles. Several modern cases of a supernatural character. Suicide, &c.,
considered. Utility not the test of right and wrong.
Character of heathen
philosophers as given by Quinctilian. Character of modern infidel philosophers,
by Rousseau. Parallel between Christian and infidel philosophers. The
manner in which Christianity has always been opposed, and the unreasonable-
ness of expecting to overthrow it now. Recapitulation. Conclusion.
LETTER 1.-Page 7.
Moral influence of religion on mankind. Virtue not the mere offspring of
a creed, but exists independent of it. Human feeling stronger than creeds.
Metamora. Frightful effects of religion. Religion distinct from morality.
Loss of life in religious
ns. Dissensions about the eucharist,
Quarrel of the econoclastes and econoclaters. Bloody persecution of Theo.
dora. Burning of John Huss and Jerome of Prague. Holy inquisition.
Religious war of Japan. Crusades. Massacre of the aborigines of the
Western Continent. Eighteen millions of human beings sacrificed to religion.