The Rules of Evidence as Applicable to the Credibility of History

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R. lHardwicke, 1874 - Всего страниц: 36

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Стр. 18 - The guarded gold : so eagerly the Fiend O'er bog or steep, through strait, rough, dense, or rare, With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
Стр. 4 - That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact, which it endeavours to establish...
Стр. 15 - Suppose a fact to be transmitted through twenty persons ; the first communicating it to the second, the second to the third, &c. and let the probability of each testimony be expressed by nine-tenths...
Стр. 4 - ... no human testimony can have such force as to prove a miracle and make it a just foundation for any such system of religion.
Стр. 1 - ... labours, after full discussion, in the printed Transactions of an Institution, to give greater force and influence to proofs and arguments which might be little known, or even disregarded, if put forward merely by individuals. Third. — To consider the mutual bearings of the various scientific conclusions arrived at in the several distinct branches into which Science is now divided, in order to get rid of contradictions and conflicting hypotheses, and thus promote the real advancement of true...
Стр. 5 - Perfectly and absolutely true, it cannot be ; for, to be perfectly and absolutely true, it ought to record all the slightest particulars of the slightest transactions — all the things done, and all the words uttered, during the time of which it treats.
Стр. 8 - ... been no previous concert,) there is a probability distinct from that which may be termed the sum of the probabilities resulting from the testimonies of the witnesses, a probability which would remain even though the witnesses were of such a character as to merit no faith at all. This probability arises purely from the concurrence itself.
Стр. 10 - St. Francis Xavier turned salt water into fresh for five hundred travellers; St. Raymond was transported over the sea on his cloak ; St. Andrew shone brightly in the dark; St. Scholastica gained by her prayers a pouring rain; St. Paul was fed by ravens; and St. Frances saw her guardian angel.

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