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THE LAYMEN OF ST. MARGARET'S CHURCH, ILKLEY,

THESE PAGES ARE GRATEFULLY

DEDICATED.

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«'Αφορώντες εις τον της πίστεως αρχηγών και τελειωτήν

Ιησούν.

CHRIST HIS OWN WITNESS OR

HIS OWN ACCUSER

CHRISTUS, SI NON DEUS, NON BONUS

SIX LECTURES

BY

HENRY BICKERSTETH OTTLEY, M.A.

VICAR OF ST. MARGARET's, ILKLEY

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C. KEGAN PAUL & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1881

100. cc 125.

(The rights of translation and of reproduction

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reserved.)

SUMMARY

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PREFACE (pp. xiii.-xxviii.). THE OCCASION AND OBJECT OF THE LECTURES. 1, 2, The doctrines of Christianity are

to be ignored, and exclude neutral acquiescence. They depend upon the question as to the PERSONALITY OF Christ.

3-6. Such is the question here attempted, with a view to the needs of “non-theological” laymen ;

7-9. Whose attitude of formal assent, or suspense,
10. If not of positive disbelief,
11. Is logically fatal to the Christian creed,

12. And really implies the alternative of exterminating Christianity as a gigantic falsehood.

13. Object of lectures, to elucidate this “Great Dilemma."

14-16. General remarks upon the functions and opportunities of the modern pulpit, in view of prevailing agnosticism and indifference.

17–20. Christianity necessitates a groundwork of knowledge as an essential factor in an intelligent faith.

21-23. This was the case in the time of its Founder, and is equally so to-day.

24. Paramount magnitude of the Dilemma here treated.
25. Course of argument confined to the self-witness of Christ.
26. Obligations of the writer.
27. His reason for avoiding “theological” definitions.

LECTURE I.

Christ's CLAIM OF SINLESSNESS, IN WITNESS TO THE

Great DILEMMA (pp. 1-39). 1-9. Introductory.

1-5. The question as to the real meaning of Christ's personal

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