So we don't play 'Bible bingo' but instead we play "Patristic bingo"?
I don't think anyone here is playing any sort of "bingo." Frankly, this sounds
like sour grapes...
What I was trying to get at my brother in Christ is that by citing passages here and there from St. Ignatius or St Basil we don't demostrate the "mind" of that particular father.
I agree it is possible to take anyone out of context - however, I do not think you always have to quote a whole tract to get the point of what they're trying to express in a given paragraph or statement. This seems like an obscurantist attempt to avoid the obvious import of statements (put on this forum) which have not been favourable to the claims of your church.
While I would not confuse myself with a St.John Chrysostomos, or St.Gregory Palamas, will also observe one other thing - the Fathers themselves
were in the habit of quoting Scriptural passages and passages from earlier Fathers, to make their case. Were they wrong too?
Of course we shouldn't "embrace" or "pretend" that we have the same faith. Which we still do bye the bye unless ROAC has started praying to Moloch at liturgy instead of our common Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
One does not have to defect to paganism, to fall from the truth...
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:
Is this proof texting a recent invovation in Orthodoxy or something they've learned from the Prots.
Citing the Holy Scriptures and the Fathers has always been Orthodox practice - even the Ecumenical Councils will quote this way, to make their point.
In the Prot fundamentalist churches you are considered a "good Christian" if you can quote scripture passages at length.
Well, I'm not sure if this should make someone a "good Christian", of itself. However, the Fathers do teach that ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. A contempt for a strong Biblical foundation is not genuinely "Catholic", last time I read the decrees of Vatican II which encouraged Bible study. A lack of such knowledge by a Christian is something to be lamented, not praised as a badge certifying they're not one of those naughty Protestants.
Is it the standard of being a "good Christian" in Orthodoxy to be able to quote passages from the Fathers?
Well, it's certainly a good thing.
13 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason
of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1st Peter 3:15)
Yes you do well to bring up Catholic Answers but I think they are doing something that's not in keeping with our (mine not yours) tradition.
Oh come now. Radio Replies
doesn't ring any bells? The many other apologists on the scene right now? The "Catholic Truth Society"? The counter-reformation tracts and essays put out by the Jesuits and similar groups for popular consumption? The mountain of old
polemical works (like the reprints TAN puts out) that I used to find at the little book store in my old RC church? Please...