Alexander_Campbell,_founder_of_the_Disciples_of_Christ,_head-and-shoulders_portraitThe following is an interesting observation from Alexander Campbell’s Debate on the Evidences of Christianity (Bethany, VA: Alexander Campbell, 1829), pp. 248-49:


      The great question, as Chalmer’s [sic], I think, or some other very argumentative writer, states; the great question, on which the whole argument rests, is this: Shall we admit the testimony of the apostles, upon the application of principles founded upon observation, and as certain as is our experience of human affairs; or shall we reject that testimony upon the application of principles that are altogether beyond the range of observation, and as doubtful and imperfect in their nature as is our experience of the counsels of Heaven?


Campbell’s excellent memory did not mislead him; the quotation is taken from Thomas Chalmers, On the Miraculous and Internal Evidences of the Christian Revelation and the Authority of its Records, vol. 1 (New York: Robert Carter, 1841), p. 329.