19 July, 2010

Augustine on Scripture as the Rule of Faith

What more should I teach you than what we read in the Apostle? For holy Scripture establishes the rule of our doctrine, lest we dare be wiser than we ought...Therefore, I should not teach you anything else except to expound to you the words of the Teacher.
Augustine of Hippo, De bono viduitatis, in Migne, Patrologia Latina 40:431, italics mine.

Let those things be removed from our midst which we quote against each other not from divine canonical books but from elsewhere. Someone may perhaps ask: Why do you want to remove these things from our midst? Because I do not want the holy church proved by human documents but by divine oracles.
From De unitate ecclesiae, cited by Martin Chemnitz in Examination of the Council of Trent, 1:157.

One dare not agree with Catholic bishops if they happen to err in any matter with the result that their opinion is against the canonical Scriptures of God.
Cited in Martin Chemnitz, Examination of the Council of Trent, 1:159.

If anyone preaches either concerning Christ or the church, or concerning any other matter which pertains to our faith and life, I will say nothing but what Paul says: if an angel from heaven should preach to you anything besides what you have received in the Scriptures of the Law and the Gospels, let him be anathema.
Contra litteras Petiliani, in Migne, Patrologia Latina, 43:351.
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