Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

St. Francis de Sales and Canon of Scripture

So often in our amateur apologetic arguments, we rely on the arguments that contemporary Catholic apologists have put forth. Ever wonder what the apologists were saying at or immediately after the reformation? St. Frances de Sales (1567-1622) was quite an apologist and wrote volumes to challenge the arguments put forth by the reformers. He was in the thick of things as he preached to Calvinist Switzerland. From his chapter on the Violation of Scripture:

"What likelihood is there that the Holy Spirit has hidden himself from all antiquity, and that after 1500 years he has disclosed to certain private persons the list of the true Scriptures? For our part we follow exactly the list of the Council of Laodicea with the addition made at the Councils of Carthage and Florence.* Never will a man of judgment leave these Councils to follow the persuasions of private individuals. Here, then, is the fountain and source of all the violations which have been made of this holy rule; namely, when people have taken up the fancy of not receiving it save by the measure and rule of the inspirations which each one believes and thinks he feels."

It is statements such as this that historically support the fact that Catholics didn't add to the bible at Trent as we are often accused of. I hope to post more of his writings in the future.


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