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Simon's fabulous combat with St Peter

167

A forged Sibylline oracle cited in the Constitutions

178

An emendation of a fault in it

The apostolical canons considered

18---183

The Sibylline oracles examined, and rejected as for-

geries and impostures

183-209

Homer's prophecy concerning Æneas and his posteri-

ty

185-187

Virgil's fourth Eclogue considered

187-192

Fabricius, his account of the Sibylline oracles 187

Orphic verses, and fragments of Greek poets, &c.

which are cited by the fathers, examined and correc-

ted

192-209

Eusebius not to be charged with defending the Sibyl-

line oracles

201

Justin Martyr not the forger of them

204

Sibylline oracles which were made by Pagans

207-209

Barnabas. The antiquity and the dubious authority

of the epistle ascribed to him

209–212

Some remarks on Clerdens Romanus

213

On Hermas and Polycarp

214

The Recognitions of Clemens a wretched romance.

A passage in thein explained

The Epistle to Diognetus the work of an uncertain

and inconsiderable writer

216-220

Tillemont. Observations on his sentiments and writ.

ings

220-223

Juftin M. and Clemens Alex. had favourable opinions

of the future condition of the virtuous pagans 222-223

Clemens Alex. explained and corrected

223

Ignatius. Remarks on his epiftles and his martyrdom 223-233

A reading in one of his epiftles defended

224-227

Remarks on a tax instituted by Augustus

234, 235

Appendix

237

Dedication

247

Remarks upon miracles in general

Notions of Van Dale and Le Clerc concerning them 247

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The opinion that God alone can work miracles, not

probable

The miracles of our Saviour and of his Apostles de-
fended

349-264

Quadratus, his testimony concerning miracles 250

A passage in Tertullian corrected

251

The miracles of Christ were of a prophetic nature,

and represented future events

256—264

One of St Paul's miracles of the same kind

263

Difference between the writers of the N. T. and the

writers of Legends

262

Reasons for which our Saviour cast out evil spirits 256

Remarks on the Dæmoniacs

161

St Paul, an emblem perhaps of the Jewish nation 263

An answer to the objection made from the miracles of

false Christs

264–266

The Apostles seem to have wrought miracles only

when they were moved by the Holy Spirit 267

Recapitulation of the arguments in behalf of Chris-

tianity

267-270

General remarks on the miracles said to have been

wrought after the Apostolical days, in the second

and third centuries

These miracles not to be compared, in point of evidence,

with the miracles of Christ and the Apostles 271

The arguments which may be alledged in favour of

them

273

Objections which may be made to them

274

Some of them not improbable

276

Constancy of the martyrs may be ascribed to a divine

assistance

276

The doctrine of à particular providence maintained by

Woolaston and Le Clerc

277—281

The miracles after Constantine deserve no credit 281

Van Dale, Moyle, and Le Clerc; their notions of the

miracles after the days of the apostles

282--285

Middleton not singular in rejecting these miracles 282

Le

Le Clerc's character of Van Dale and Moyle

The Christian miracles of different ages : how far

credible, or not

285

The improbable story of Abgarus

286

The conversion of the inhabitants of Edessa

287

The Ethopians instructed by the Eunuch

287

Miracles wrought by apostolical men

Justin M. of opinion that miraculous gifts had been

continued down to his time

290

St John ; his being put in a vessel of boiling oil a du-

290, 291

Whence it might arise

291

Ois not used in baptism till after the days of Justin 291

Tertullian very credulous

292

His character

294

Papias an injudicious man. Whether an Ebionite

292

The epistle of Tiberianus to Trajan a forgery 293

Remarks on the apologists and their writings 293-300

Quadratus, Aristides, Athenagoras, Melito

293, 294

Christians not forbidden to read certain books

295

The apologies seen in all probability by scme emper-

ors, and serviceable to the Christian cause

295

The character of Adrian

296

The account which he gives of the Egyptians 296

His rescript to Minucius

297

He was no enemy to the Christians

297

Severus Alexander a friend-to the Christians 297

No images in Christian churches till after Constantine 298

The miserable state of the Jews under Adrian 300

Aquila. The account given of him by Epiphanius 300

Fabulous miracles related by Epiphanius

300

The character of this father

301

Orosius relates a false miracle

303

A wonder recorded by Josephus which happened be-

fore the destruction of Jerusalem

302

Plutarch. His silence concerning Christianity 303

Quintilian censures the Jews

303

Polycarp

316

318

317

Conjectures concerning Wepisepa

Eusebius mentions it not

Omits a story of the same kind in Josephus

319

Le Clerc's opinion concerning the dove

319

A mistake of Valesius

320

Polycarp's reply to the Proconsul not blameable

321

The city of Smyrna ruined by an earthquake

321

Polycarp's age

321

His martyrdom well attested

322

The constancy of the martyrs to be ascribed to a di-

vine assistance

322—331

The constancy of persons who were, or were called,

heretics

325

Mark of Arethusa his sufferings, and the remarks of

Tillemont upon them

Martyrologies usually romantic

Acts of perpetua ancient, but perhaps aduiterated 329

The increase of Christianity in times of persecution 331

The alteration for the better which Christianity pro-

duced in those who received it

333

The obstacles which it overcame

334

Justin Martyr, his character and writings

337-340

His account of the statue of Simon seems to be a mis-

take

337

Obscure

326

328

290—348

Porphyry, his concessions in favour of Christianity 348

His writings suppressed

349

Plotinus, his attempt to establish Plato's Republic 319

Smyrna overthrown by an earthquake,

319

The generosity of Marcus Aurelius and of others on

that occasion

349

Bardesanes, his character and sentiments

333-350

Melito, whether a prophet

350

State of the Christians in the reign of Commodus 352

The Montanists

252

Tertullian

352

Proculus is said to have cured Severus with oil. Facts

relating to that story

354-357

Severus, his behaviour towards the Christians

356

Rutilius the martyr.

His prudent and pious beha-

yiour

357

Theophilus

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