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In interesting remembrance of the high sense your learned body were pleased to express of my successful studies, when I received your general vote of thanks, delivered to me by the Master himself, the late Dr. Craven, for the honour you were pleased to consider that my poor talents and application, in statu pupilari, had conferred on our College, which holds such distinguished rank in the most distinguished University in the world; I very respectfully dedicate the DIEGESIS, the employment of my many solitary hours in an unjust imprisonment, incurred in the most glorious cause that ever called virtue to act, or
fortitude to suffer. You will appreciate (far beyond any wish of mine that you should seem to appreciate) the merits of this work. Your assistance for the perfecting of future editions, by animadversion on any errors which might have crept into the first; and the feeling with respect to it, which
; I cannot but anticipate, though it may never be expressed ; will amply gratify an ambition whose undivided aim was to set forth truth, and nothing else but truth.
ROBERT TAYLOR, A.B.
Oakham Gaol, Feb. 19, 1829.
Dr. Whitby's last thoughts, &c...
Definitions—Time, Place, Circumstances, Identity of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, necessary to be established-Geography
The Christian and Pagan Creeds collated— The Apostle's
Creed, a Forgery-Inference that it is a Pagan document
applied to Christian purposes–Necessity of examining the
pretences of all writings that lay claim to Canonical
State of the Heathen World-Heathenism to be judged as
Christians would wish their own religion to be judged— The
Pacific Age–The genius of Paganism most tolerant and
philosophical --Vast difference between the philosophers and
the vulgar– The philosophers were Deists—The vulgar
The State of the Jews- The Jews the grand exception to
the prevalence of universal toleration—They plagiarized
Pagan fables into their pretended divine theology-Were as
gross Idolaters as the Heathens-Truth of Judaism not essen-
tial to the truth of Christianity-The Pharisees-The Sad-
ducees—The Cabbala—The Jews had no notion of the immor-
tality of the soul; while the Heathens had more practical
faith therein, than any Christians of the present day........ 20
State of Philosophy-A generally prevailing debility of the
human understanding-Vitiation of morals- Destruction of
documents-Maxims of deceiving the vulgar, and perpetuating
ignorance, approved by St. Paul-King's College, London,
Gnosticism-Systems of philosophy
Admissions of Christian writers-Deficiency of evidence-
Christians before the Christian era-Christian frauds—Chris-
tian scriptures not in the bands of the laity-Christianity and
Paganism hardly distinguishable-Miraculous powers, dreams,
visions, charms, spells-Name of Jesus a spell.
Of the Essenes or Therapeuts—Differences of opinion with
respect to them-Every thing of Christianity is of Egyptian
origin-Apostolic and Apotactic monks—The Therapeuts
were Christians before the Augustan era-Eclectics—The
forgery of the gospels ascribed to mongrel Jews.
The Christian scriptures, doctrines, discipline and eccle-
siastical polity, long anterior to the period assigned as that of
the birth of Christ-Recapitulation-An original translation
of the famous 16th chapter of the 2nd book of Eusebius's
of Philo and his testimony-Sum of his admissions....... 74
Corollaries—Eusebius-Sufficient guarantee for the text of
Philo-Conflicting opinions-Severe sarcasm of Gibbon-
The demonstration absolute that the monks of Egypt were
the authors of the gospels-Mr. Evanson's perplexities relieved
- Alexandria the cradle of Christianity--Its slow progress-
Episcopal insolence of Dionysius-St. Mark, a monk.
Corroborations of the evidence arising from the admissions
of Eusebius, in the New Testament itself..
References to the monkish or Therapeutan doctrines to be
keep its monkish origin out of sight—St. Paul's account of
the resurrection wholly different from that of the Evangelists
On the claims of the scriptures of the New Testament to
be considered as genuine and authentic-Preliminary—The
authenticity of St. Paul's epistles, and of so much of his his-