Church Father Shopping Without Liturgy

From Joseph Farrell’s God, History, and Dialectic. On page 586 Farrell gives an interesting account of the rise of modern Patristic studies (ala post-Reformation).   With the possible exception of the ocassional high-church Anglican, most Protestant appeals to Church Fathers were misleading, for the post-Reformers (pardon the neologism) had purged the Fathers’ writings from their liturgical context.  Therefore, when the Protestant quotes the Fathers she is not seeing them as a living body of witnesses but merely as ancient authorities for current Protestant practices (but only when they agree).

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One comment on “Church Father Shopping Without Liturgy

  1. vjhogan says:

    It is as easy to interpret the Fathers as it is the Bible, which is why you have young Calvinists who can with a straight face claim that St. Augustine — like St. Paul — was one of them.

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