FH9: Reading Scripture with the Fathers

C.S. Lewis once said, “Christianity is either incredibly important or not important at all; one thing it can’t be is somewhat important.” How do we understand and interpret what Christianity says or teaches? It has been a vexing topic for centuries, and the stakes could not be any higher. New doctrines are multiplying, and new interpretations are now created nearly every day. Are those new doctrines correct or not? Can new doctrines even be possible in the Anglican worldview?

In this podcast, our guest Bishop Chandler Jones discusses a key tenet of the Anglican tradition which unlocks this door, and solves these centuries-old problems: the reading of Scripture with the Fathers. We cover topics like the consensus patricum, the interpretative Canon of Vincent of Lerins, the classical Anglican sources promoting the reading of Scripture with the Fathers, and the application of this principle throughout history, from the old historic clashes with Roman Catholics and Puritans, to the new idea of the Ordination of Women. You don’t want to miss this one!

Guest bio: Bishop Chandler Jones
Local article: Tradition inspires young ‘Bishop Chad’ at Dunwoody’s St. Barnabas (Joe Earle, 2010)



  • Bishop Chandler Jones
  • Brian Oldfield
  • Bart Gingerich
  • James Syrow