The Evidences of the Christian Religion

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 132 pagine
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1764. Excerpt: ... THE EVIDENCES 0 F T H E CHRISTIAN RELIGION. WITH Additional Discourses ON THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS, VIZ. Of God, and his Attributes. The Power and Wisdom of God in the Creation. The Providence of God. The Worship of Gob. Advantages of Revelation ahove Natural Reason. Excellency of the Chr I s T I An Ins T ITUT Ion. Dignity of the Scripture Language; Against Atheism and Infidelity. Against the Modern Fr E E-th Injc Ers. Immortality of the Soul, and a f Ujat State. 'death and Judgment '. Collected from theWritings of The Right Hon. Josr'SK 'add'isov, Esii; Th&Sev-mh.Eo4Ti, N Jjc'argJ, -PREFACE. THE character of Mr. Addison and bis writings, for justness of thought, strength of reasoning, and purity of style, is too well establilhed to need a recommendation; but their greatest ornament, and that which gives a lustre to all the rest, is his appearing, throughout, a zealous advocate for virtue and religion, against profanenefs and infidelity. And because his excellent discourses upon those subjects lie dispersed among his other writings, and are by that means not so generally known and read as they deserve, it was judged to be no unseasonable service to religion at this time, to move the Bookseller to publish them together in a distinct volume; in hopes, that the politeness and beauty peculiar to Mr. AddiSon's writings would make their way to persons of a superior character and a more liberal education; and, that as they come from the hands of a layman, they may be the more readily received and considered by young gentlemen, as a proper manual of religion. Our modern sceptics and infidels are great pretenders to reason and philosophy, and are willing to have it thought that none who are really possessed of those talents, can easily assent to the truth of Chri.

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Addison, son of the Dean of Litchfield, took high honors at Oxford University and then joined the British army. He first came to literary fame by writing a poem, "The Campaign" (1704), to celebrate the Battle of Blenheim. When Richard Steele, whom he had known in his public school Charterhouse, started The Tatler in 1709, Addison became a regular contributor. But his contributions to a later venture The Spectator (generally considered the zenith of the periodical essay), were fundamental. While Steele can be credited with the editorial direction of the journal, Addison's essays, ranging from gently satiric to genuinely funny, secured the journal's success. In The Spectator, No. 10, Addison declared that the journal aimed "to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality." His brilliant character of Sir Roger de Coverley (followed from rake to reformation) distinguishes the most popular essays. Addison died in 1719. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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