devoted and pious ofthe fathers were busy teaching their flocks; the more vain and ambitious occupied their time in preparing treatises. If all the fathers who signalized the age had committed their sentiments to writing, we might have had a fair representation ofthetheology ofthe church ofthe fathers; but as only a few have done so (many even oftheir writings being mutilated or lost), andthese not the most devoted and spiritually minded, I contend that it is as unjust to judge ofthetheology ofthe early centuries by the writings ofthe few fathers who are its only surviving representatives, as it would be to judge ofthetheology ofthe nineteenth century by the sermons of Mr. Newman, the speeches of Dr. Candlish, or the various productions ofthe late Edward Irving." Dr. Adam Clarke bears the following decisive testimony on the same subject:-- "But ofthese we may safely state that there is not a truth in the most orthodox creed that cannot be proved by their authority; nor a heresy that has disgraced the Romish church, that may not 332
challenge them as its abettors. In points of doctrine, their authority is, with me, nothing. The word of God alone contains my creed. On a number of points I can go to the Greek and Latin fathers ofthe church to know what they believed; and what the people oftheir respective communions believed; but after all this, I must return to God's word to know what he would have me to believe." In his life, he uses the following strong language:-- "We should take heed how we quote the fathers in proofofthe doctrines ofthe gospel; because he who knows them best, knows that on many of those subjects they blow hot and cold." The following testimonies will in part explain the unreliable nature ofthe fathers. Thus Ephraim Pagitt testifies:-- "The church of Rome having been conscious oftheir errors and corruptions, both in faith and manners, have sundry times pretended 333
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