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This undertaking, in spite of the numerous Lives of Christ
that have already appeared, is both a bold and unique one.
It is an acceptance by a Christian Warrior of the Infidel Rationalist
's gage of battle, and is a scholarly, patient, and exhaustive analysis of the life, words, and character of Jesus, at least rationally
, if not rationalistically
considered—bestowing, in fact, the same treatment, the same laws of evidence and methods of deduction adopted by Strauss
, but widely differing from those writers in the conclusions arrived at. It is bold, for the reason that Infidelity in all ages has relied and boasted its reliance upon the application of pure reason for controverting the truths held most sacred by Christians; and unique, because no Christian writer has ever before attempted to establish the divinity of Jesus with the very weapons chosen to disprove it. It is in no sense a theologic or dogmatic work, and is not to be confounded with ‘Lives of Christ
It is simply a ‘Life of Jesus
,’ and if the author succeeds in establishing the fact that Jesus
was the Christ
, it must be considered as the product of his reasoning, and not an assumption ignoring the very pith of the controversy between Infidelity and Christianity.
It is a work the want of which has been sorely felt since the books of Renan
, to complete the bulwark of Christian defence from its new and most dangerous foe, insidiously clothed in the garb of philosophy, and seductively disguised in the language of reason.
No Christian can afford to be without a copy, as a perusal of its pages will not only increase and confirm his own faith, but supply him the means of successful resistance to the sceptical objections of unbelievers.
The style is simple and unpretending, and well adapted to a thorough and practical understanding of the whole matter, while nothing material to the establishment of his conclusions has been sacrificed to an ostentatious or affected simplicity avoiding, on the one hand the pedantry of the schools, and on the other, the charlatanry of the demagogue.
Buy it, read it, and judge for yourselves.
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