Friday, January 02, 2009

Antiquity Belongs to the Church

An adaptation of a quote from a famous convert, Manning, and some thoughts.

Antiquity belongs to the Church as do the Scriptures. Just as the Scriptures make sense only when delivered by the Church and no one may discover the Scriptures for himself apart from her, so may no one rightly understand antiquity (that is, sacred Tradition) except through the Church. Scholars may learn about both on their own but will learn neither except through her.

This is because both are vehicles to deliver divine truth. Mundane truth may be apprehended by mundane powers but to apprehend divine truth requires divine assistance. Therefore the same Spirit who animated that apostolic Church through which Scripture and Tradition were delivered to man must be the same Spirit who lifts men to apprehend this in our day. If that Spirit was not found aside from the apostolic Church, He is not found outside the Church now.

So when men go looking to antiquity to find the true Church, they have already made a fatal mistake. He who would find antiquity must go through the Church.

2 comments:

Tiber Jumper said...

"So when men go looking to antiquity to find the true Church, they have already made a fatal mistake. He who would find antiquity must go through the Church."

Yes but don't many still derive Truth from looking at the ancient Church and Tradition even if they don't necessarily join her ranks?
Hopefully it is that search for Truth that leads wise men to antiquity and there, they will find the Church , the one Christ gave up His life for.

Tim A. Troutman said...

I agree. I hope my follow up post was helpful in clarifying a bit.

One can certainly find truth in antiquity aside from the Church but only as a scientist does or a historian. They can learn about the early Church but to live the life of the early Church requires living the life of the Church now.