I was listening to a recording of the show from a few days ago, and one of the callers posed an interesting situation. He said that anytime someone uses a church father writing to support the Catholic position, he could find different church fathers’ writings that could be used to refute it. I wasn’t completely satisfied with Mr. Akin’s response. He said that the only thing the fathers are unanimous on is baptismal regeneration and if the fathers didn’t have such differing opinions there would be no need councils and the like.
This unsettles me a little bit, because all the fathers’ writings I have read have come from Catholic sources and I wonder if I am getting “the whole picture” here. Since I don’t have the time or resources to research all the fathers’ writings, I ask the question: taken in entirety, what percentage of fathers’ writings support Catholic doctrine and what percentage are in disagreement, heretical, etc.? If an undecided mind could read all the writings from all the fathers, how likely is he to adopt the Catholic point of view? Are the fathers really a “slam dunk” for Catholic apologetics as I have been led to believe?
Thanks so much,