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FoR SEPTEMBER, 1815.
ART. I. Sequel to Ecclesiastical Researches, in which the Ori.
gin of the Introductory Chapters in Matthew and Luke is brought to lightoff. Josephus; and in which the peculiar Articles of the Orthodox Faith are traced to the System of
the Gnostics, who opposed the Gospel in the Days of Christ and his Apostles. By John Jones. Mawman. 1813.
THE vain or fanciful theorist who undertakes the subversion of
faith” with that pertinacity which proves her to have been in ear
nest. The successive persecutions which she sustained, during
the probationary period of nearly three centuries, which pre
loeded the full and formal declaration of her opinions, in the first |General Council, place this point beyond controversion. We shall not, at present, insist on the few inducements which existed to lead her to err in her integrity, as a proof of the purity of her testimony. The sentence which she then delivered, contains in its uniformity, that internal evidence of its truth, which must ever baffle the efforts of the sceptic to account for it; on any other grounds, than by admitting, that the sacred deposit was transmitted in that purity in which it was originally delivered. * - For vol. Iv. SEPTEMBER, 1815.
For, let the possibility of as error in the testimony of so many wit-
that evidence of its fidelity, as a witness and preserver of the
faith, which derives invincible strength from the collateral proofs by which it is supported. Whether we appeal to history, or to tradition; to the works of divines, or to the sentence of councils; whether we proceed upon the concession of the Jew, or on the testimony of the Heathen, the success of our researches is in all instances alike. From an examination of the testimony which they respectively bear to the truth, that accumulation of evidence arises, which the sceptic may indeed resist, but cannot
easily subvert. - When we descend from merely general remarks, to an induc
tion of particulars, and submit the point in debate to the touchstone of truth, the first voucher to which an appeal may be
made, is the testimony of history. At an early period the ec
clesiastical annals were examined, by one who was distinguished above all his contemporaries, by his learning and industry; and
who possessed every facility of research, in the libraries of Jeru
salem, in which the authentic records of the primitive church were deposited from the earliest period *. After a careful examination of those documents, he has stated the result of his inquiry: and it could have been scarcely less strong in our favour, had it been invented to answer our purpose. “Thus much,”
vid. Euseb. Hist. Eccl. Lib. VI. cap. xx. p. 284. 20 ed. Capt. 1720. -
the historian declares”, “I have learned from the monuments of
Rome, may be confidently cited in support of the orthodox :
cause. This testimony has been collected by a primitive writer f, who, in the line of succession, was but one remove from the Apostles; having enjoyed the intimacy of a disciple of the last surviving Evangelist Ş. In what sense he understood the testimony thus born by that primitive church to the person of Christ, it must be superfluous to state when his testimony is produced ||.
In the same chapter in which he declares that God would judge the Ebionites, who of all the primitive heretics, exclusively considered our Redeemer a man born like themselves; he asserts the divinity of our Lord ; and states this to be the doctrine, which had descended traditionally to the church in whatever regions she had published the gracious terms of the Gospel *. The testimony of history thus confirmed by tradition, derives still further corroboration from the evidence of that succession of writers, who have followed each other, in a long line commencing with the age of the Apostles. On the first attempt which was made to impeach the integrity of the church as a witness of the truth, the vindicators of her testimony supported her defence on the concurrence of the Sacred Text, and the in: terpretation of the ecclesiastical writers+. They maintained,
that previously to the age in which this novel charge was ad
vanced, many had written in defence of the truth, against the heathens and hereticks; and that all of them asserted the orthodox doctrine of the divinity of Christi, in terms the most full and explicit. These writings were examined at an early period by a person fully competent to appreciate the weight of their testimony Š; but they were found on experiment to justify the stress which was laid on their authority. The principal part of these works exist either wholly or partially at the present day; and a learned prelate of our church, equally distinguished by the extensiveness of his erudition and the strength and comprehensiveness of his mind, has carefully examined their evidence || ; but the result of his inquiry has been the production of accumulating proof in support of the orthodox doctrine. By a full induction he has unanswerably demonstrated, that but one opinionprevailed in the church on the person of Christ from the earliest period; and that this opinion corresponded, even in the minutest. respect, with the plenary sentence which was passed on the question before us in the first general council T. As the body of evidence which we thus quote in defence of the peculiar doctrines of Christianity, is full and connected; it may be easily proved to be universally held, and this from the earliest
ages. In the next succession after the Apostles, a curious and
learned enquirer, visited the principal churches, dispersed