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The Witness of History to Christ

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Pages: 116

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Frederic William Farrar

Excerpt from book: I!I. THE VICTORIES OF CHRISTIANITY. -iW fiflvjj rd fj.t] 'eir. irpos 'Ej3p. (xii. 17). Acts V. 39. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it. Matt. XV. 13. Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. i Cor. I. 25. The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. I Have ventured, my brethren, to throw together these three passages—uttered, under memorable circumstances by our Blessed Lord, by the wise Rabbi of the Jews, by the great Apostle of the Gentiles—as an authoritative prophecy, as a deeply-seated conviction, as an adequate explanation, of the series of majestic facts, which we shall, with God's blessing, pass in review to-day. For having seen the antecedent reasonableness of our Christian faith, and having examined the value of its records, to-day we must consider the evidence of its history: and that evidence—extending as it does over a continuous period of 1800 years—must be to us decisive. Little as the thought may have been familiar to the ancient world,we who accept as indisputable the formula—"Z)ivind Providentia agitur mundus et homo"—with which the Christian Orosius begins his summary of history,—we, who know that God reveals His will not by sudden catastrophes and violent revolutions, but by the steady and secular shining of eternal principles and unhasting laws—we who regard the story of nations as a study scarcely less sacred than Theology itself, because we look on it as a vast drama in which God's purposes towards our race are irresistibly evolved in slow but unbroken sequence,—we, I say, must consider the witness of history as decisive respecting the claims of our belief. If its pretensions were fictitious, if its doctrines were erroneous, we should be certain ...  

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