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For the Second Tuesday in Advent: Augustine of Hippo on the Scriptures

December 8, 2015

Again with a theme of “Bible Sunday”, here is a quote from Faith and Life with an excerpt from the great Augustine on the Scriptures:

If an argument be alleged against the authority of the Divine Scriptures, however acute it may be, it deceives people by its likeness to truth, for true it cannot be. Again, if a supposed authority of the Holy Scriptures be set against most plain and certain reason, he that does so does not understand, and is setting up against the truth, not the meaning of Scripture, to which he has not been able to penetrate, but rather a meaning of his own; and is opposing, not what he finds in Scripture, but what he finds in himself, and supposes to be in it.

–St. Augustine, Epistle cxliii.

Augustine was a perceptive man, and he is right that some of the opposition to the authority of Scripture comes from unwillingness to submit to that authority.

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