Principles Of Historical Evidence Applicable To The Proof Of A Divine Revelation

(mainly derived from Greenleaf, Testimony of the Evangelists, and from Starkie on Evidence). 1. As to documentary evidence.

(a) Documents apparently ancient, not bearing upon their face the marks of forgery, and found in proper custody, are presumed to be genuine until sufficient evidence is brought to the contrary. The New Testament documents, since they are found in the custody of the church, their natural and legitimate depository, must by this rule are presumed to be genuine.

The Christian documents were not found, like the Book of Mormon, in a cave, or in the custody of angels. Martineau, Seat of Authority, 322 ? ?The Mormon prophet, who cannot tell God from devil close at hand, is well up with the history of both worlds, and commissioned to get ready the second promised land.? Washington Gladden, Who wrote the Bible? ? ?An angel appeared to Smith and told him where he would find this book; he went to the spot designated and found in a stone box a volume six inches thick, composed of thin gold plates, eight inches by seven, held together by three gold rings; these plates were covered with writing, in the ?Reformed Egyptian tongue?; with this book were the ?Urim and Thummim, a pair of supernatural spectacles, by means of which he was able to read and translate this ?Reformed Egyptian language.? Sagebeer, The Bible in Court, 113 ? ?If the ledger of a business firm has always been received and regarded as a ledger, its value is not at all impeached if it is impossible to tell which particular clerk kept this ledger...The epistle to the Hebrews would be no less valuable as evidence, if shown not to

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