Title: The Evidences of the Christian Religion., To which are added, Several Discourses against Atheism and Infidelity, and in Defence of the Christian Revelation, occasionally published by Him and Others: And now collected into one Body, and digested under their proper Heads. With a Preface, containing the Sentiments of Mr. Boyle, Mr. Lock, and Sir Isaac Newton, concerning the Gospel-Revelation.
Author: Joseph Addison
Publisher: Printed for J. F. and C. Rivington, T. Longman, R. Horsfield, T. Cadell, and W. Lowndes, London, 1790. Seventh edition.
Condition: Hardcover, full leather. In excellent condition: recently rebound in full leather, interior is clean, tight, and strong.
About the book:
Although he was a celebrated playwright during the 18th century, modern English speakers remember Joseph Addison for his perfection of the English essay as a genre in his magazine, The Spectator. The Spectator would publish short papers on philosophical, theological, or other topics meant to start lively discussions among its readership. Addison left The Evidences of the Christian Religion, along with other essays, unfinished upon his death. What he did complete, however, addresses some of the very same topics other theologians and philosophers had addressed. Addison describes the attributes of God as derived from rational argumentation, he promotes the praise of God, and finally, he defends the authority of Scripture and the immortality of the soul from the popular deistic philosophies of his day.
(summary by Kathleen O’Bannon).