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. TO

THE RIGHT REVEREND

JOHN LAW, D.D.

LORD BISHOP OF KILLALLA AND ACHONRY,

AS A TESTIMONY OF ESTEEM

FOR HIS VIRTUES AND LEARNING,

AND OF GRATITUDE

FOR THE LONG AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP,

2 fede .2o. Etor

WITH WHICH

THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN HONOURED

BY HIM,

THIS ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM THE EVIDENCE

OF THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY,

IS INSCRIBED

BY HIS AFFECTIONATE

?

AND MOST OBLIGED SERVANT,

W. PALEY.

THE

TRUTH

OF THE

Scripture History of St. Paul

E V INCED.

CHAP. I..

EXPOSITION OF THE ARGUMENT.

THE

HE volume of Christian scriptures

contains thirteen letters purporting to be written by St. Paul; it contains also a book, which amongst other things, profeffes to deliver the history, or rather memoirs of the history, of this same person. B

Ву By, affuming the genuineness of the letters, we may prove the substantial truth of the history; or, by assuming the truth of the history, we may argue strongly in support of the genuineness of the letters. But I affume neither one nor the other. The reader is at liberty to suppose these writings to have been lately discovered in the library of the Escurial, and to come to our hands destitute of any extrinsic or collateral evidence whatever ; and the argument I am about to offer is calculated to shew, that a comparison of the different writings would, even under these circumstances, afford good reason to' believe the persons and transactions to have been real, the letters authentic, and the narration in the main to be

true.

Agreement or conformity between letters bearing the name of an ancient author, and a received history of that author's life, does not necessarily establish the credit of either : because,

1. The history may, like Middleton's Life of Cicero, or Jortin's Life of Erafmus, have been 'wholly, or in part, compiled

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