25 October, 2010

Gregory of Nyssa on Scripture As Rule and Measure of Every Tenet

We are not entitled to such licence, 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.

The quote occurs in the context of a discussion about Gentile philosophy (i.e. Platonism) and dialectic regarding the soul, and the need for human reason to be guided by scripture, which is the rule of what is to be believed.
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