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Other occasional prayers ; viz.
SCRIPTURE HISTORY OF ST. PAUL EVINCED..
CHAP. I. Exposition of the argument. THE volume of Christian Scriptures contains thirteen letters purporting to be written by St. Paul; it contains also a book, which, amongst other things, professes to deliver the history, or rather meinoirs of the history, of this same person. By assuming the genuineness of the letters, we inay 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 assume 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 evi. dence whatever; and the arguinent I am about to offer is calculated to show, 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 bear. ing the name of an ancient author, and a receive ed history of that author's life, does not necessarily establish the credit of either: because,