Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine,  3rd ser. 3 (1824), 731–37.

Christianity on its Own Basis, and the True Cause of Infidelity: A Sermon; Preached at the Methodist Chapel, Bridge-Street. Bolton Le-Moors: By the Rev. William France  [1/2]

Rev. William France


Sermon, Serial


Infidelity, Natural Theology, Reasoning, Christianity, Biblical Authority

    The sermon answers another sermon 'lately published in this town, by one of those who have assumed to themselves the titles of Unitarian and Rational Christians', which attributed the growth of infidelity to the absurdities and persecuting spirit of religious orthodoxy (731). Argues that it is 'perfectly idle to think of converting Infidels by giving up every truth of revelation, which may be deemed contradictory to a pretended natural religion, or to the imaginary perfection of human reason' (732). Determines instead to present Christianity on its own proper foundation in the Bible, arguing that the Bible must 'stand or fall' on the basis of the distinctive doctrines of Christianity, and that the reason for infidelity is not rational, but is rather the 'depraved state of the Heart' (733).

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