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Rule of Faith
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1. Early Church

The phrase “rule of faith” (regula fidei), equivalent to “rule of truth,” is a term and concept that we first find in Irenaeus (ca. 130–ca. 200). It then occurs in almost all second- and third-century church fathers but is less common in Constantinian usage. As the defining genitive shows, what is meant is the substance of Christian faith, or truth as a standard and normative authority.

In the rule of faith the church has preserved the quintessence of Christian belief, and it has shown its fidelity to th…

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Wyrwa, Dietmar and Bromiley, Geoffrey W., “Rule of Faith”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.85>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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