06 January, 2014

Augustine on the Authority of Canonical Scripture as Compared with Later Wiritings

"The excellence of the canonical authority of the Old and New Testaments is distinct from that of later books (the ecclesiastical writings). Canonical authority was confirmed at the time of the apostles and has been established on a sort of lofty throne by successions of bishops and by the spreading of churches. Every faithful and devout intellect is in service to it.. Furthermore, in the case of the lesser works of later people that are contained in countless books, these may by no means be compared with the canonical excellence of Holy Scripture. We consider that in some of them we do find the same truth but certainly not the same authority."
Augustine (354-430), Reply to Faustus the Manichaean
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