We are told that Christianity must be content to take its place along with many indeterminate questions, which are, and which should be spoken of among reasonable men as “matters of opinion.”
I deny this allegation; and I take my position, with all humility, yet fearlessly, on this opposite ground, namely: that, if those modes of proceeding which have been authenticated as good in other cases, are allowed to take effect in this case, nothing in the entire round of human belief is more infallibly sure than is Christianity, when it claims to be—RELIGION, GIVEN TO MAN BY GOD.
The same proposition, stated exceptively, may be thus worded. Christianity can be held in question only by aid of violence done to established principles of reasoning, and by contempt of laws of evidence, which in all cases analogous to this are enforced.
Isaac Taylor, The Restoration of Belief, new ed. (Boston: E. P. Dutton and Co., 1867), p. 109.