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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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Reason and Faith, and Other Miscellanies of Henry Rogers

Henry Rogers - 1853 - 478 pages
...characteristic, but deeply satirical simplicity, in the preface to his great work. " It is come," says he, " I know not how, to be taken for granted by many persons,...that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious On the contrary, thus much at least will here be found, not taken for granted, but proved, that any...
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The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, Volume 1

Peter Gay - 1977 - 596 pages
...believe in the gospels,"4 and only a few years later, in 1736, Bishop Butler sardonically reported, "It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted...persons that Christianity is not so much as a subject of enquiry; but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as...
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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life ; The Spirit of Love

William Law - 1978 - 526 pages
...own. Joseph Butler wrote, in the 'Advertisement' to the first edition of his famous Analogy (1736), "It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted...persons that Christianity is not so much as a subject for inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it...
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Evangelicals in the Church of England 1734-1984

Kenneth Hylson-Smith - 1992 - 424 pages
...the comments of Bishop Butler. Writing in 1736 he bemoaned a general decay and disregard of religion: 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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The Secularization of Early Modern England: From Religious Culture to ...

C. John Sommerville - 1992 - 240 pages
...eighteenth century that "It has come to be taken for granted that Christianity is not so much a subject for inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious." 28 Such quotations, while always ambiguous, could be multiplied endlessly and may even have had a self-fulfilling...
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Light from Heaven

Richard Sibbes - 1995 - 372 pages
...find Bishop Butler, a century later, taking up the same lamentation in nearly the same words ; eg, ' It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted...an agreed point among all people of discernment,' (Preface to ' The Analogy '). (A) ' The whole world was darkened.' This remains matter of debate. The...
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Faith in God Through Jesus Christ

John Farrelly - 1997 - 354 pages
...believe in the gnspels." and only a few years later, in 1736, Bishop Butler sardonically reported, "It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted...persons that Christianity is not so much as a subject of enquiry; but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as...
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A History of Philosophy, Volume 5

Frederick Copleston - 1999 - 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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Reason, Grace, and Sentiment: Volume 2, Shaftesbury to Hume: A Study of the ...

Isabel Rivers - 2000 - 404 pages
...Constitution and Course of Nature (l736). S7 His Advertisement made clear the occasion of his work: 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...
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Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians

Patrick W. Carey, Joseph T. Lienhard - 2000 - 589 pages
...what we might call the preface, to the Analogy, Butler stated what has become two famous sentences: "It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted,...the present age, this were an agreed point among all the people of discernment; and nothing remained, but to set it up as a principal of mirth and ridicule,...
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