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Exegesis And Patristic Authority

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The general estimate of Peter Martyr Vermigli's stature as a patristic theologian is not in doubt. In the way of formulating an overall account of how Peter Martyr Vermigli used the Fathers stands his own express disavowal of ever having conceived such an undertaking. Vermigli never repeats the exercise of laying down subject-specific regulæ for interpreting the Fathers, on any other topic, at least in the formal manner of the eucharistic works, although the Dialogue on the Two Natures of Christ at times approximates to a regulatory mode of exposition in a field which predictably overlaps with the eucharistic debate. Vermigli formulates a number of guidelines - rules of thumb, we might say, rather than prescriptive norms - for the general invocation of the Fathers' testimony.

Keywords: patristic authority; Peter Martyr Vermigli



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