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This is the first volume of the philosophical thoughts that belong to an outstanding thinker and philosopher Paul Henri Thierry Baron D'Holbach who was an open atheist. Most part of the book is devoted to the analysis of materialism. The book may seem to be a bit dry and too philosophical but the ideas expressed there are definitely very interesting and deserve readers' attention.
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IL JESUS IN ANCIENT HISTORY. The history of Jesus may be said to be confined entirely to the Scriptures, for in profane writings we have but one glimpse of himthat, however, a very important one. If his story was to be found in the Bible alone, the great army of skeptics would, with a show of triumph, ask, Dow is it that no record of hia life is found with his contemporaries ? This is met, i and successfully repelled, by the reference to him in Josephus, Ant. Jews, B. XVIII., ch. iii., sec. 3., which says : " Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise manif it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was (the) Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the Cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had told these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him ; and the tribe of Christians, so named after him, are not extinct to this day." This was written within fifty years of the ministry of Jesus, and is conclusive testimony to his existence and earthly character,) As a matter of course, such a record could not pass unmarked by the poisoned shaft of skeptical doubt and insinuation. This school hag assumed and declared it to be a forgery. Inserting a forged interpolation like this in a prominent work like that of Josephus, is easily, but stupidly charged, for it is an impossible feat. This, in particular, will not stand the test of criticism. Men forge documents to bear upon their present day, not with a view to the future. Had a fraud been perpetrated,...
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