Skip to comments.Why the Reformers Read the Fathers [Calvinist/Reformed Caucus thread]
Posted on 02/10/2007 7:44:52 PM PST by Alex Murphy
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A reminder to all that this is offered up as a Calvinist/Reformed Caucus thread. In keeping with the guidelines posted by the Religion Moderator, Catholics/Orthodox/non-Reformed Protestants are welcome to post comments, but as guests in our house. Restraint from attacks would be appreciated. This thread is posted to inform, support and defend the historic and Biblical background of the Protestant Reformation.
My Protestant brothers and I are so unappreciated.
Had enough of the Catholic/Orthodox Caucus threads with the Fathers, eh? LOL!
Which part of the caucus bit did you not understand?
Protestants are not Catholics.
Now, my dear brothers, please join me in a righteous giggle...
Did that help?
I know you are thinking the word Trinity.
That is what I mean when I say God.
That's an excellent article, Alex. I can't find a thing in it I disagree with from a patristics standpoint. I particularly liked this (which will come as no surprise):
"What is theoria?
It's a spiritual meaning, inherent in the literal framework of the text, which takes the reader to higher plane of contemplation. Eastern Orthodox folks are very familiar with this way of reading the Bible."
Theoria is a little discussed subject in the West.
And this bears repeating:
"Finally, we will surround our reading with prayer. Prayer was the sine qua non of the Fathers in understanding Scripture."
"My Protestant brothers and I are so unappreciated.
Now, now. You are regularly invited to the Catholic/Orthodox caucus threads by us Orthodoxers. We appreciate you! :)
Kolo is my bro.
Yeah, I've noticed your participation on some of them. I was just taken aback by Kolo's posts on this thread.
This is a Calvinist/Reformed Caucus. If you are not Calvinist or Reformed then you must behave on this thread as you would if you were a guest in the other guy's church.
--i never understand how these reformers(?)claimed to have used the writings of the church fathers to somehow bolster their positions, but at the same time, can not point to any of these same church fathers, VOICING ANY OBJECTION TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH that they themselves belonged to, and whos allegiance to the vatican they also followed......
Sola Scriptura my fine sacerdotal friend. If it doesn't agree with what is in the Scriptures it might as well be book of Mormon...and will lead to the same place.
(Not exaltation and your own little planet, for those Mormons reading...)
The ECF can be used for things that do agree with Scripture as reference, just as the works of Calvin and Luther can. They didn't write Scripture either. We don't hold those guys up as many claim we do. I have no works of either in the house, but you can pull the Bible outta my cold dead fingers.
LOL! We are all brothers, my friend.
Early Christian writings:
**The Protestants...agreed basically with Roman Catholics. Both confessed the Trinity and the two natures of Christ. And if we ask where these accepted doctrines came fromthey came from **
Bingo! Thanks for posting this!
Why do you say that?
An excellent article. I know Calvin often refers to Chrysostom but I haven't read much by him. He's on my list.
People should read the fathers. They give a lot of insight as to their thought process. Sometimes they get a bit wacky but there are great truths as well.
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