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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Problem, then and now

“These men do now consent neither to Scripture nor to tradition....And their wisdom each one of them alleges to be the fiction of his own inventing…For every one of these men, being altogether of a perverse disposition, depraving the system of truth, is not ashamed to preach himself… But, again, when we refer them to that tradition which originates from the apostles, and which is preserved by means of the succession of presbyters in the Churches, they object to tradition, saying that they themselves are wiser not merely than the presbyters, but even than the apostles, because they have discovered the unadulterated truth as for themselves.”

Irenaeus of Lyons, Adversus Heresies III.2.1-2, AD 115-190.