— Principal Hill of Scotland
Evidence for the resurrection
“When you look at all the evidence of the resurrection “But, if not withstanding every appearance of truth, you suppose their testimony (the testimony of the Apostles) to be false, then, inexplicable circumstances of glaring absurdity crowd in upon you. You must suppose that 12 men of mean birth, of no education, living in that humble station which placed ambitious views out of their reach and far from their thoughts without any aid from the state, that they formed the noblest scheme which has ever entered into the mind of man, adopted a most daring means of executing that scheme and conducted it with such address as to conceal the imposture under the semblance of simplicity and virtue.
“You must further suppose that men guilty of blasphemy and falsehood united in an attempt the best contrived and which proved the most successful for making the world virtuous and that they formed this singular enterprise without seeking any advantage to themselves with an avowed contempt for loss and prophet and with the certain expectation of scorn and persecution and that although of one another’s villainy, none of them ever thought of providing for his own security by disclosing the fraud. But, that amidst sufferings the most grievous to flesh and blood to conceal their conspiracy they continued on until all of them had been killed with no one ever-changing his story. Those that can swallow such suppositions have no title to complain about miracles. No one ever yet gave his life for what he knew to be a lie.”
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