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The Character and Conduct of the Apostles

considered as an Evidence of Christianity,

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PROFESSOR OF POETRY, AND LATE FELLOW OF BRASEN NOSE

COLLEGE OXFORD, AND VICAR OF ST. MARY'S READING.

OXFORD,

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE AUTHOR.

SOLD BY JOHN MURRAY, LONDON; AND J. PARKER, OXFORD.

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TO

THE KING'S

MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.

SIRE,

THE gracious condescension, which permits me to dedicate this Volume to your Majesty, is peculiarly gratifying to one, whose father was honoured, during his professional career, by the distinguished favour of our late revered sovereigns. I trust that nothing in this Work may be found unworthy of the learned body, before which the Discourses were delivered, still less of the exalted patronage under which they appear. Should the Volume succeed in making any impression on the public mind, I am confident that I shall be humbly instrumental in promoting a cause, in which your Majesty feels the liveliest interest—the advancement of Christianity among your subjects.

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CONTENTS.

LECTURE I.

Acts i. 13, 14.

And when they were come in,

they went

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room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John,

and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and

Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon Ze-

lotes, and Judas the brother of James.

These all continued with one accord in

sup-

plication, with the women, and Mary the mother of

Jesus, and with his brethren.

Contrast between the primitive assembly of the apostles,

and the progress, extent, permanence, and influence of
Christianity. Subject proposed; The necessity of mi-
racles for the dissemination of Christianity. First
point, The apostles the first teachers of Christianity
proved, 1. from general tradition, 2. from the history
of the Acts. Credibility of the Acts, as far as its pri-
mary and leading facts, from external and internal
evidence. Object and utility of the inquiry.

LECTURE II.

1 Cor. i. 27, 28.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to

con found the wise; and God hath chosen the weak

things of the world to confound the things which are

mighty;

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