30 April, 2010

Irenaeus on the Authority of Scripture

We have known the method of our salvation by no other means than those by whom the gospel came to us; which gospel they truly preached; but afterward, by the will of God, they delivered to us in the Scriptures, to be for the future the foundation and pillar of our faith.
Irenaeus (c.115-202AD), Bishop of Lyons, Against Heresies (written c. 180AD), 3.1

Note: Irenaeus's position on the authority of the Apostolic writings and the raison d'etre for the New Testament scriptures, as expressed here, is identical to the position of the magisterial Reformation that the NT scriptures, in particular the Gospels but also the Letters, Acts and Revelation were set down in writing and providentially preserved and gathered into the NT canon specifically to serve the church as the rule of faith.
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