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John Scotus Eriugena – the authority of reason

July 6, 2014

“For authority proceeds from true reason, but reason certainly does not proceed from authority. For every authority which is not upheld by true reason is seen to be weak, whereas true reason is kept firm and immutable by her own powers and does not require to be confirmed by the assent of any authority. For it seems to me that true authority is nothing else but the truth that has been discovered by the power of reason and set down in writing by the Holy Fathers for the use of posterity.”

(from Periphyseon [ca 866 CE], translation by Patric Sheldon-Williams with assistance of Ludwig Bieler)

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