I found this passage from J. N. D. Kelly's Early Christian Doctrines (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1960) interesting:

On the other hand, the ancient idea that the Church alone, in virtue of being the home of the Spirit and having preserved the authentic apostolic testimony in her rule of faith, liturgical action and general witness, possesses the indispensable key to Scripture, continued to operate as powerfully as in the days of Irenaeus and Tertullian. Clement, for example, blamed the mistakes of heretics on their habit of 'resisting the divine tradition', by which he meant their incorrect interpretation of Scripture; the true interpretation, he believed, was an apostolic and ecclesiastical inheritance. An examination of Origen's references to 'the ecclesiastical canon' suggests that, while it was closely connected with and found confirmation in the Holy Scripture, it also threw light on the true intent of the Scriptural writers. Athanasius himself, after dwelling on the entire adequacy of Scripture, went on to emphasize the desirability of having sound teachers to expound it. Against the Arians he flung the charge that they held fast as a sheet-anchor to the skopos ekklasiastikos, meaning by that the Church's peculiar and traditionally handed down grasp of revelation. Hilary insisted that only those who accept the Church's teaching can comprehend what the Bible is getting at. According to Augustine, its doubtful or ambiguous passages need to be cleared up by 'the rule of faith'; it was, moreover, the authority of the Church alone which in his eyes guaranteed its veracity (47).

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