|Two Classic Works|
Published by Gilbert West
ilbert West (1703-1756) was an English theologian and poet, a contemporary of Samuel Johnson's. He had a keen interest in biblical and theological matters, and he published these two works on biblical apologetics, both in collaboration his cousin, The Right Honourable Lord George Lyttelton. One (History and Evidences) is the fruit of an extended dialogue between the two men that began with a motive to disprove the New Testament record. The other (Conversion and Apostleship of Paul) is a largely drawn from a letter written to Mr. West by Lord Lyttelton. Oxford University awarded Mr. West a Legum Doctor degree for his book in defense of the resurrection.
In the 1740s, while studying at Oxford, English poet Gilbert West and the Baron George Lyttelton set out together to disprove two major events in Christian history: Saul's conversion and the Resurrection. After a year of painstaking research, each eventually concluded that Saul was genuinely converted and Jesus genuinely rose from the dead, and they became Christians. This work is Gilbert West's letter reporting his findings to Lyttelton. West examines the prophecies of the Old Testament and the credibility of the New Testament, concluding ultimately the Christianity was indeed divine revelation.
Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul: being an arrgumentative and rational defence of the christian revelation; deduced from the peculiar circumstances of St. Paul before his conversion, and the effects which followed it; as exemplified in his life, and in the doctrine; which he preached. In a letter to Gilbert West, Esq. by Lord George Lyttelton.
Observations on the History and Evidences of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Gilbert West, Esq.