JOHN CROSSLEY, ESQ.,
AS A HUMBLE TOKEN
OF ESTEEM AND ADMIRATION FOR
HIS OWN AND HIS FAMILY'S
IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED
WITHIN these fourteen years I have spoken the
contents of this book—(sometimes in the form of a summary, as one long
lecture; at other times, more completely, as several lectures)—in all the
large towns, and in many of the other towns and villages of England,
Scotland, and Wales; but they are now written, for the first time. I have
written them at the urgent request of hundreds of my hearers, who assure
me they wish to see in print what they have listened to with
In putting my spoken words into writing, I have thought it
better to preserve the tone of familiarity—the iteration—the
colloquialism—the lively interrogative—in brief, all that marks the manner
and method of the popular lecturer, who, if he would be successful, must
practise every art of address in order to lead his hearers to think. And I
trust that the light thoughts here printed may lead light readers to take
up my book and read—until they feel so much attracted by the important
evidence it treats, that they determine to enter, without delay, on a full
and complete study of it in Paley, and Horne, and Lardner; as well as in
the valuable contributions to the "evidences" by Brooke Foss Westcott, and
other excellent writers of our times.
I may be allowed to add that the "Historical evidence" has
only formed a part of my work, as a lecturer, during these last fourteen
years. The Miracles, the Resurrection, the perfect Moral Teaching, and the
unique excellence of the character of Christ, have also been repeatedly
taken up and treated in my lectures. And being deeply aware of the
tendency to atheistic questioning in our day, I have also dealt with the
arguments for Natural, as well as Revealed Religion. Thus, I have treated
familiarly and in popular terms, not only the "Design argument," so finely
expounded by Paley, but also the "Argument à-priori"—now,
at length, after all the partial successes of Clarke, and Howe, and Locke,
and a host of lesser names, so perfectly and irrefutably established by my
highly intelligent friend, Mr. Gillespie. The argument for God's existence
from the fact of our own Moral Nature, the arguments against Materialism
and for a Future State of Rewards and Punishments, have had also to be
taken up and treated, with such poor ability as I possess, in order to
complete the full course of Evidence. If the sample of my lecturing which
I now publish meets with acceptance, I may try to put the rest—all as yet
only spoken—into writing for publication.
(ED.—Cooper's book as originally published contained neither
INDEX nor chapter headings.
They have been inserted here to ease referencing. Readers might wish
to compare Cooper's reasoning with that of Gerald Massey; see
AND THE MYTHICAL
CHRIST and others of
Massey's lectures. )
I. THE ARCH
II. THE ARCH
OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.
III. THE ARCH
OF OLIVER CROMWELL.
IV. THE ARCH
OF MARTIN LUTHER.
V. THE ARCH
OF THE INVENTION OF PRINTING.
VI. THE ARCH
OF JOHN WYCKLIFFE.
VII. THE ARCH
OF MAGNA CHARTA.
VIII. THE ARCH OF THE
IX. ARCH OF WILLIAM
X. THE ARCH
XI. THE ARCH
OF KING ALFRED.
XIII. THE ARCH
XIV. THE ARCH
XV. THE ARCH
XVI. THE ARCH
OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT.
XVII. THE ARCH
XVIII. and XIX. THE
ARCH OF THE FATHERS; THE
ARCH OF THE APOSTLES.
DR. DAVID FRIEDRICH