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" It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as if, in the present age, this were... "
The Christian observer [afterw.] The Christian observer and advocate - Page 111
1869
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The Silent Revolution and the Making of Victorian England

Herbert Schlossberg - 2000 - 420 pages
...Bishop Butler in the Advertisement to the first edition of his Analogy of Religion, published in 1736: It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted,...not so much as a subject of inquiry, but that it is, not at length, discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it, as if, in the present age,...
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Essays and Reviews: The 1860 Text and Its Reading

Victor Shea, William Whitla - 2000 - 1092 pages
...Private Thoughts, 1709. )175 Thirty years later Butler writes, that 'it is come to be taken for granted that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry; but that it is now, at length, discovered to be f1ctitious. Accordingly they treat it as if in the present age this were an agreed point among all...
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Five Types of Ethical Theory, Volume 2

C. D. Broad - 2000 - 318 pages
...place in the latter part of the eighteenth. Butler says in his preface to the Analogy : " It is come to be taken for granted by many persons that Christianity is not so much a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they...
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History of New England Baptists, Volume 2: With Particular Reference to the ...

Isaac Backus, David Weston - 2001 - 612 pages
...horrid contempt was put upon the ministry of the word.* And in England Bishop Butler said in 1736 : — It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted,...agreed point among all people of discernment, and nothing remained but to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, as it were by way of...
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The Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment

Roy Porter, Former Professor of the Social History of Medicine Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Roy Porter - 2000 - 776 pages
...wary of 'wandering reason', was echoing churchmen's fears regarding the inroads made by free-thinking. 'It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted, by many persons,' agonized Joseph Butler, later bishop of Durham, 'that Christianity is ... now at length discovered...
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Holiness

J. C. Ryle - 2001 - 236 pages
...The words which Bishop Butler wrote in 1736 are curiously applicable to our own days:— "It is come to be taken for granted by many persons, that Christianity is not even a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly...
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British Philosophy: Hobbes to Hume

Frederick Copleston - 2003 - 452 pages
...Constitution and Course of Nature.1 In the preface or 'advertisement' to this book Butler remarks that 'it is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted...agreed point among all people of discernment, and nothing remained but to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, as it were by way of...
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Science and Spirituality: The Volatile Connection

David M. Knight - 2004 - 248 pages
...of Scripture and church tradition, had a valuable place. His preface or 'advertisement' is famous:16 It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted,...it is now, at length, discovered to be fictitious. Where have we heard that recently? It seems there is nothing new under the sun, and predictions of...
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The Analogy of Religion

Joseph Butler - 2005 - 400 pages
...However, the proper force of the following treatise lies in the whole general analogy considered together. It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted,...by many persons, that Christianity is not so much a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they...
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