06 December, 2010

Augustine on Scripture as Judge in Controversies

Let us not hear: This I say, this you say; but, thus says the Lord. Surely it is the books of the Lord on whose authority we both agree and which we both believe. There let us seek the church, there let us discuss our case.
Augustine, The Unity of the Church, cited by Martin Chemnitz in Examination of the Counil of Trent, I:157

Let those things be removed from our midst which we quote against one another 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.
Augustine, The Unity of the Church, cited by Martin Chemnitz in Examination of the Counil of Trent, I:157

Whatever they may adduce, and wherever they may quote from, let us rather, if we are His sheep, hear the voice of our Shepherd. Therefore let us search for the church in the sacred canonical scriptures.
Augustine, The Unity of the Church, cited by Martin Chemnitz in Examination of the Counil of Trent, I:157
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