Copyright
E. F. (Enoch Fitch) Burr.

Ad fidem; or, Parish evidences of the Bible online

. (page 1 of 24)
Online LibraryE. F. (Enoch Fitch) BurrAd fidem; or, Parish evidences of the Bible → online text (page 1 of 24)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


AD FIDEM;



OR



PARISH EVIDENCES



OF THE BIBLE,






BY

REV. E. F. BURR, D. D.,

AUTHOR OF " ECCET CCELUM " AND " PATER MUNDI," AND LECTURER ON THB
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCES OF RELIGION IN AMHERST COLLEGE.



^:JI^I^D^!Ei)tTIO»^ E^^ABGSP.



_ BOSTON:

NOYES, HOLMES, AND COMPANY,
No. 117 Washington Street.
1872.



TU-DEN FOU



Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by

NoYES, Holmes, and Company,
in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.



RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE:

STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BV

H, O. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.



"TO CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH."



PREFACE.



Had the following Parish Lectures been originally
prepared with an eye to publication they might have
been different in some respects. But they would
hardly have been more careful in their statement of
main facts and arguments. These are believed to be
exact — as much so as if expressed in more technical
and scholastic forms — and to recognize all that is
valuable in the latest Biblical researches.

In some cases it costs as much to prepare the
ground for a house as it does to build it. The au-
thor thinks himself dealing with such a case. He
even thinks it a harder task to bring unbelievers into
that moral state in which alone they can fairly use the
Evidences, than it is to build up the Evidences them-
selves. In their usual state such persons shed the
best arguments as rocks do rain. Even the Christian
Euclids make no impression on them. Unless they
can be prepared after a certain manner — insisted on
in the Bible and in the Lectures — there is no help for
them from the most potential logic. In accordance



vi PREFACE.

with these views, large space has been given to the
earlier topics of the book.

The author by no means professes to give all that
he considers available arguments in favor of the Bible.
He only offers such specimens as he has happened
thus far to present to his own people. He knows that
these are only a few out of many equally sound. But
he also knows that these few are abundantly sufficient
to put every true inquirer in the way of a rational
faith.

The reader may expect to find throughout the work
an air of great confidence. He is invited to attribute
this, not to a professional habit, but to the sincere con-
viction of one who in a course of rational inquiry has
been "brought out into a wealthy place." Not only
was Diderot right when he said, " No better lessons
than those of the Bible can I teach my child; "not
only was Franklin right when he said with dying lips,
"Young man, my advice to you is that you cultivate an
acquaintance with and a firm belief in the Holy Scrip-
tures — this is your certain interest;" but even Des-
cartes and Newton were right when ihey said, " No
sciences are better attested than is the Religion of the
Bible — not even the mathematical." Nay, One still
more illustrious than these great scientists was right
when He said, "If they hear not Moses and the
Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one



PREFACE. VU

rose from the dead." Whoever will take the trouble
to go as far as the metaphysics of the senses or of
geometry, can find that even their ultimate principles
are assailed by no smaller objections and defended by
no greater proofs than attach to the Biblical Religion.
And yet he would not be the wisest of men who should
decline to believe in an external world, or should allow
himself to suspect that he is following " cunningly
devised fables " while following the triumphant dem-
onstrations of Newton and La Place.
Lyme, Connecticut.



CONTENTS.

I. Various Opinions . i

II. General Assent to Fundamentals . . 19

III. A Sad Exception 35

IV. A Great Offer 55

V. Will You Accept? 71

VI. First Condition — A Sincere Wish for Light Zj

VII. Second Condition — Using Present Light . 107

VIII. Third Condition — Patient Direct Seeking 123

IX. Presumptions • . 145

X. Three Prophecies 187

XL An Incredible Imposture 205

XII. Ancient Wonders 223

XIII. Modern Signs 249

XIV. Nearing the Curtain 267

XV. The Curtain rising 291

XVI. Christian Dynamics 315

XVII. Comparative Credentials 355



I.
VARIOUS OPINIONS,



I. Various Opinions.

1. THE FACT 3

2. THE STUMBLING 5

3. WHY NOT ? y



VARIOUS OPINIONS.



ll/yY attention is called to the great Conflict of
-^*-'- Religious Opinions.

I see it. I acknowledge and proclaim it. It is
in the reli



Online LibraryE. F. (Enoch Fitch) BurrAd fidem; or, Parish evidences of the Bible → online text (page 1 of 24)