Would someone please explain to me why particular
individuals have been deemed Fathers of the Church?
In short, if I must hold that the scriptures are
divinely inspired, why must I hold that, say,
Augustine is necessarily correct on any given
subject? I mean, one day I said to myself,
as if awakening from a trance: Why would
I accept that someone who is termed a
Father of the Church is necessarily inerrant?
Finally, I have brought my doubt forward.
If the response is: because the Church, in
various councils, declared these individuals
to be…what?..inerrant, then I’ve got a real
problem to deal with.
Thanks, in advance, for any replies.
PS I’m realizing, with increasing alarm, that my
own heart and mind is much more compatible
with Judaism than Christianity.
If God looked at me right now and said:
In your heart, what do you believe…truly…
I’d say, with relief: “I’ve always loved you, God.
I hope that You love me if I tell you I never
thought that original sin was true, or that
the “eternal fires of hell” was true [that seems to me
to be a perfectly insane idea]. What the Jews
say about You and Who you are resonates
within my heart. Do You still love me?”