Thursday, August 27, 2009

John Chrysostom: Scripture Superior to Human Reasoning

In other words, let us abandon such reasoning and return to the unassailable rock, In the beginning God made heaven and earth. Rest on this foundation lest someone embroil you in the confusion of human reasoning: "The reasoning of mortals is worthless, and their designs insecure." [Wisdom 9:14] So do not forsake what is reliable by entrusting the salvation of your soul to what is unsteady and insecure; instead, stay firm in what you learned and to which you are committed, and say, In the beginning God made heaven and earth.

- John Chrysostom (around A.D. 347 to around A.D. 407), Sermon 1 on Genesis, in St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis, p. 33 (2004), Robert C. Hill translator.