A Defence of Christianity: Against the Work of George B. English, Entitled the Grounds of Christianity Examined, by Comparing the New Testament with the Old (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from A Defence of Christianity: Against the Work of George B. English, Entitled the Grounds of Christianity Examined, by Comparing the New Testament With the Old

But every book, at least every one written by a scholar, and assuming the marks of learning, has a literary - char acter. When We see' a man writing a suppose that he does it as other books are written, unless he tells us _to the contrary. If'he notes in the margin, when he alludes to a writer, and when he quotes him, if he gives scrupulous reference to volume, chapter, and page; it' is not understood that, besides all the obligations-he knowledges, more than a third Of his work is sz'le copied from other authors. 'if he begins-4 his preface' by two pages of acknowledged quotation from Dr. Price, it is not understood that, the two next pages, which stand without acknowledgment, are secretly'tx'anscribed from Collins. If he marks one-paragraph in, a Chapter, with-inverted commas; and inserts 'sa'.ys Dr. Priestley'* in the beginning, it is not understood that the whole chapter is nevertheless copied from Dr. Priestley. 'if it be said in one place the remainder Of this chapter is taken from Isaac and Levi, it is not understood that in other places, where no such notice is given, parts of chapters, and a Whole Chapter, are secretly imbibed frbm the same Isaac. If the author of a book Of two hundred pages professes to treat principally of the jewishcon troversy, and to' derive a very considerable proportion of his arguments' from Jewish tracts in Chaldee, and f some few' from other works, it is not understood that seven teen only of the pages are derived from and eleven more only from other Jewish writings mm is it upon any occasion understood, that a very consider.

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