Various Fathers on Scripture

1.
I mean that of affirming what we please; we make the Holy Scriptures the rule and the measure of every tenet; we necessarily fix our eyes upon that, and approve that alone which may be made to harmonize with the intention of those writings.
Gregory of Nyssa, On the Soul and the Resurrection
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf205.x.iii.ii.html
2.
That which the holy Scripture has not said, by what means should we receive and account it among those things that be true?
St. Cyril Glaphyrorum, in Genesis, lib. ii.
3.
Orth.—Do not, I beg you, bring in human reason. I shall yield to scripture alone.
Eran.—You shall receive no argument unconfirmed by Holy Scripture, and if you bring me any solution of the question deduced from Holy Scripture I will receive it, and will in no wise gainsay it.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf203.iv.ix.ii.html
Theodoret, Dialogue I. The Immutable
Orth.—I would not so say persuaded only by human arguments, for I am not so rash as to say anything concerning which divine Scripture is silent.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf203.iv.ix.iii.html
Theodoret, Dialogue II. The Unconfounded
One day when he had gone forth because all the monks had assembled to him and asked to  hear words from him, he spoke to them in the Egyptian tongue as follows: ‘The Scriptures are  enough for instruction, but it is a good thing to encourage one another in the faith, and to stir up  with words.
Spoken by St. Anthony in St. Athanasius’ Life of St. Anthony
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf204/Page_200.html
The novice was required not merely to read Scripture but to learn passages from it by heart
“that he may have full assurance in his piety and may not form his conduct according to the traditions of men.”
Basil Reg. Brev. 95.

Gregory of Nyssa, On the Soul and the Resurrection:

I mean that of affirming what we please; we make the Holy Scriptures the rule and the measure of every tenet; we necessarily fix our eyes upon that, and approve that alone which may be made to harmonize with the intention of those writings.

St. Cyril, Glaphyrorum, in Genesis, lib. ii.

That which the holy Scripture has not said, by what means should we receive and account it among those things that be true?

St. Theodoret, Dialogue I. The Immutable

Orth.—Do not, I beg you, bring in human reason. I shall yield to scripture alone.

Eran.—You shall receive no argument unconfirmed by Holy Scripture, and if you bring me any solution of the question deduced from Holy Scripture I will receive it, and will in no wise gainsay it.

Theodoret, Dialogue II. The Unconfounded

Orth.—I would not so say persuaded only by human arguments, for I am not so rash as to say anything concerning which divine Scripture is silent.

One day when he had gone forth because all the monks had assembled to him and asked to  hear words from him, he spoke to them in the Egyptian tongue as follows: ‘The Scriptures are  enough for instruction, but it is a good thing to encourage one another in the faith, and to stir up  with words.
St. Basil, Basil Reg. Brev. 95.
The novice was required not merely to read Scripture but to learn passages from it by heart  “that he may have full assurance in his piety and may not form his conduct according to the traditions of men.”

5 thoughts on “Various Fathers on Scripture”

  1. Joel,

    We live with the confidence that the Kingdom of God will eventually reign supreme; however, as these times in which we live roll along seemingly unstoppably, where, when and how shall we survive? (not just the US, but the rest of the ‘western world’ along with it)?

    I firmly believe the next decade or two will be those that shape the 21st century. and the lives of us all… Will God pluck us as a smoldering twig from the fire (‘civilization’, that is) or will the 21st century be marked by us having to live with the consequences of our actions as a people in the 20th…

    nature abhores a vacuum, so who shall it be, then? China, India, a Ruso-Iranian alliance? or any number of power combinations one wishes to imagine…

    As we live with the effects of a global hangover from a century of ‘drunkenness’, will folk re-discover true, strong-spined, traditional, and timeless faith in Christ jesus with all such entales? Christianity of all stripes seems to be staggering along at an all-time low, both in terms of adherents and a strong, sound,corageous identity for what it stands for (encapsulated within the state of Anglicanism around the globe) at present.

    do you subscribe to what some commentators see as a 500 year cycle of reform, return and re-continuation?

    I am curious as to your thoughts upon these questions.

    blessings,

    Sarah,
    sydney,
    Australia.

  2. Appologies; Don’t know how the above comment of mine attached itself to your post on the Church Fathers…

    Appologies,

    Sarah.

  3. Sarah, I’m not sure about a 500 year cycle. It sounds as probable as anything to me though. I think at some point the Church will triumph again and the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

  4. Good references Joel. The “Church fathers” stood up for “the faith once delivered” and often paid a heavy price for it, but did so joyfully – we can still learn much from their writings today.

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