THERE is no other solution of the mighty problem within the reach of t human learning and ingenuity.
All the infidel and semi-infidel theories of Christ's person substitute an unnatural wonder in the place of the supernatural miracle which they endeavor to escape. The falsehood of Christ's testimony concerning himself, as understood and accepted by the universal belief of Christendom, is not only a mightier wonder than the truth of the same, but a moral absurdity and monstrosity. Hume says, in his famous |Essay on Miracles:| |When any one tells me that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable that this person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact he relates should really have happened. I weigh the one miracle against the other; and, according to the superiority which I discover, I pronounce my decision, and always reject the greater miracle. If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous than the event which he relates, then, and not till then, can he pretend to demand my belief or opinion.| We need not fear this test, and can turn it in our case against Hume and against every doubter of the great miracle of Christ's person.
Let us briefly review, in detail, the various attempts of Unitarians and unbelievers to account for the character of Christ without admitting his divinity.