Reformed Theology and the Church Fathers

A. Goudriaan

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The purpose of this chapter is to describe and explain the inherent ambivalence of the reception of patristic writers in (early modern) Reformed theology by concentrating on the early modern period, when patristic authority was discussed intensely, and on those aspects of the reception history that are, more or less strictly, concerned with theology. The theological continuity between Reformed theology and the church fathers is visible most obviously in the adoption of early Christian creeds and in the fact that Reformed theologians commented upon and explained their own confessions by means of compilations of patristic testimonies. The pursuit of catholicity evidenced by numerous other publications and by the corresponding acceptance of patristic heresiology, however, had evident limitations, and was accompanied by caveats and criticisms that have been articulated from the sixteenth century onwards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology
EditorsMichael Allen, Scott Swain
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191791239, 9780191035838
ISBN (Print)9780198723912
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


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