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Part 6, Chapter 1 (pp. 801-807)

[802:1] Sanday, The Gospels in the Second Century, 1876, p. 10 f.

[802:2] In the Articles of the Church of England this is expressed as follows: Art. ii. "who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, etc." Art. iii. "As Christ died for us, and was buried; so also it is to be believed that He went down into Hell." Art. iv. "Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again His Body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith He ascended unto Heaven, and there sitteth, until He return to judge all men at the last day."

[803:1] The disappearance of the body from the sepulchre, a point much insisted upon, could have had no significance or reality if the body did not rise and afterwards ascend.

[803:2] A work of this kind may be mentioned in illustration: Dr. Westcott's Gospel of the Resurrection. The argument of this work is of unquestionable ability, but it is chiefly remarkable, we think, for the manner in which the direct evidence is hurried over, and a mass of assertions and assumptions, the greater part of which is utterly untenable and inadmissible, is woven into specious and eloquent pleading, and does duty for substantial testimony.

[806:1] Sanday, The Gospels in the Second Century, p. 10.

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