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Tradition and Spontaneity

Here's Oliver O'Donovan on testing the spirits, in his Resurrection and Moral Order:

Admiration for spontaneity and reverence for tradition are, of course, aspects of the same failing: a refusal to bring this Christological principle of criticism to the manifestation of spirits, present or past, within the church. What, after all, is tradition other than spontaneity in slow motion? The Montanist movement of the second and third centuries illustrates archetypically the church’s double temptation to value spontaneous innovations in themselves and then to build them into a new law.

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