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The absent son. The father's promise. Its implied limitations. Im-
proper requests. Requests in an improper manner. The letter.
Our Savior's promise. Prayers denied. Power of prayer. Grant-
ing requests in another form. The boy asking for a knife. The
sick man unexpectedly cured. Submissive spirit. Prayers of
the young. The packet. Description of the packet. The calm.
The Christian traveller. Books and tracts. The long passage.
The approaching storm. They watch the light. The storm in-

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CHAPTER VII.—EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.

The doubting clerk. The unexpected letter. The sick child. Possible

mistakes. Men act from reasonable evidence. Evidences of Chris-

tianity, Historical, Internal, and Experimental. Illustration. The

phosphorus.

1. Historical Evidence. Seal. Miracles. Examining witnesses.

The court. The court-room. The prisoner. His accusation and

trial. Testimony of the owner; of the watchman. The lawyer's

question. The watchman's story. The prisoner convicted.

Points secured on trials. Three points to be attended to. Irrup-

tion of the barbarians. Old manuscripts. Genuineness of the

Scriptures. Quotations. Illustration. Use made of quotations.

Paley's Evidences. Necessity for proving the genuineness of the

Scriptures. The original records not remaining. The second

point. Opportunities of knowing. The housebreaker's trial.

Sacred writers could not have been mistaken. They were eye-

witnesses. Third point. Their style of writing. Impartiality.

Elevated views. They were disinterested. Our Savior's farewell

address. Interested witnesses. Battle of Lexington. Parliament
and Congress. Points proved. Argument from prophecy. Proph-
ecies. False prophecies. Subject difficult. Were the Christian
witnesses believed? Contest with paganism. Power of truth.

2. Internal Evidence. Unity of the Scriptures. The Bible a number

of books. Its single object. The Bible a history of Christ. Sac-

rifices. Meaning of sacrifices. Their moral influence. Conclu-

sion of the book. Appropriate language. The advent of the Sa-

vior. Its time and place. The Mediterranean Sea. Interesting

associations. Character of God. Language of nature; of the

Bible. The sufferer in the hospital. Jehovah just as well as mer-

3. Experimental Evidence. Case of sickness supposed. Medicine.
Proof of it. The mother. The mother and her sick son. The

unbeliever. Power of Christianity. Particular case. Prisons.
Old and new system of discipline. Stories of the convicts. The
disobedient son. Conversation. Struggles with sin. Second

History of the Sabbath. Change from Saturday to Sunday. Beginning
of the Sabbath. Idle controversies. A father's command to his
boys. The question about the clock and the dial. Universal
principle. Two doves. A day of twenty-three and a half hours. A
day at the pole. A day lost. No sunset for months. Sabbath in
Greenland. Change to first day. No change in the command.
The creation. Principle important. Non-essentials. Liability to
evasion. Human and divine laws. Spirit of the law. James's
way of reading the Bible. A boy studying his lesson. The boat.
The careful mother. Way to interest children. Conversation with
the children. Ingenuity and effort necessary. The heart to be
reached. Variety. Remarks of a clergyman.

Necessity of va-

The man of

Freedom of
Metaphysi-

Richard's

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