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Usage guidelines Google is proud to partner with libraries to digitize public domain materials and make them widely accessible. The concurring testimony of respe Oable eye witnesses, and the certainty that they can have no interest in deceiving us, are sufficient motives to command our belief, however otharwise im[Mrobable the drcumstance may appear. 9 The incliiuttion to beliero or dubelieve, generally depeadt iq MHi the number of out prejudices, and the extent of our know- ledge. Since we know that things, apparently impossible to ns, do ■evertbeless exist, we n»ist feel the necessity of yielding acqui- escence to tiie testimony tyrdom) must have been at Rome, both because it b agreea Ue (o the imanimoui voice of at Uiqutlyy and because the iufierings of so great an apostle could not fail to be of such notoriety in the Church, as to preclude the possibility of an imposition in re- gard to the place." Thus, immediately under the reference: HIS EVER HATINQ BBEIf AT Ro HB DOUBTFUL, WO read: "PROBA- BLY MARTTKED AT Ro ME." Wh^ means all this? Ignatius martyr, who wrote thus to the Romans: "I do not commend you as St. Paul did; they were Aposties of Jemia Christ, and 1 am a mere nothing:" Ou^ iie Uirfoe xa'i Ilau Xof Sutrafifaiuu ujun* ixirvoi 'Aviffni Ku luifm Xpit Trou, iyu Si i XAx"^'^' "^h&t can be more clear, from these words," says the learned Pearson, Protestant Bishop of Chester, "than that this most holy martyr vras of opinion, that Peter no less than Paul preached and suffered at Rome:" 'Lectures on Ecclesinstical History. Hark in his firit epistle, written from Rome, which he figuratively calls Babylon."* 9. Dionynns, Bidiop of Corinth, who, in his Epistle to the Romans, anerts that "St. Paul preached the gospel in Coiinth and in Rome, and suffered martyrdom in the latter S. Yy»j^Bf Uiur, xni difu Xiwvruv rvi ^Xi|Atn.' Again: "The greatest and most ancient church was founded in Rome, by the i Uo Btriouaapostlee, Peter and Paul."* 4. went, at last, to Rome, whero he wu crucin Sed." — "These things,'* says Euiebius,' "(M- gen relates in the 3d vol. Tertu Uian, who, in several parts of his works, speaks oi St.
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Such a conclusion is, however, so absurd in itself, and so contrary to experience, that it alone must prove the radiness and fi^y of be- lieving only, y^ is dearly perceived by reason. [Jan, In what K vortex of diffioulties ue we pisced, wben we admit reason as the only judge of what we mnst believe?