2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4F: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 4 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

4. Greek thought and the intellect elevated; man’s words and traditions given equal status with the Bible.
The belief from Aquinas that the intellect, mind or reason was not affected by our sin nature explains some of the emphasis on scholasticism, intellectualism, and elevation of man’s mind and reason.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“…The highest point of scholarship in the medieval world was within the bosom of the church; and although it was defective at certain key points, it was at least an attempt at intellectual reverence for God. The scholarship of the Reformation was even more rigorously Biblical, and this was no less true of the Reformation’s successors…”

“…The Bible itself is a revelation of ideas as much as it is words; it is not a collection of isolated words, but of words that are divinely inspired and arranged to set forth ideas. Biblical revelation is propositional: it comes to us in words and sentences, conveying thought. To say that we should dismiss ideas and the work of scholarship is really to say that we should dismiss God’s written revelation. One is deeply impressed, for example, with the wide scholarship of men like the Apostle Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Kuyper, Van Til, and many others. But this scholarship, in every case, springs from a simple faith — faith in the sovereign, Triune God and the authority of the Word of God. Scholarship is an instrument in the service of the advancement of the Faith and of Christ’s kingdom. Scholarship is not central to the Faith, but a vigorous Faith requires scholarship. It is this sort of scholarship to which Chalcedon is dedicated.”

chalcedon.edu/vision
“First, Chalcedon is committed to recovering the intellectual foundations of Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Why is there such a focus and emphasis on scholarship and the need to justify it? Why is Apostle Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, included with others who did not write scripture. Where is this in the Bible: “Intellectual foundations of Christian civilization?”

Just the BOOK

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.“—1 Corinthians 3:11

“…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”—1 Corinthians 8:1

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”—2 Corinthians 11:3

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.“—1 Corinthians 1:23

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
—Luke 1:77–79

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.“—Romans 16:18

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.“—Isaiah 29:13

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wiseThat no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
—1 Corinthians 1:27–31

“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”—Isaiah 47:10

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