This volume contains a challenge delivered to the clerics of Derby by their archdeacon, Samuel Butler, in which he presents two arguments. First, Butler discusses the manner in which the books of the New Testament were collected, and second, he compares the genuine Gospels and the Apocryphal Gospels.
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Samuel Butler (1774–1839) attended St. John’s College, Cambridge, and became headmaster of Shrewsbury school in 1798. He became a clergyman and was appointed archdeacon of Derby in 1822, while retaining his headmastership of Shrewsbury. In 1836, he became bishop of Lichfield. He was a scholar of the classics and published an edition of Aeschylus, as well as a Sketch of Modern and Ancient Geography, which was used as a textbook.