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I heard that some of the Church Fathers referred to the Gospels using terminology which indicates maybe they didn't think they were "inspired".

Is there any statement by one of them that indicates that they thought of the Gospels as just writings that were not inspired?

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    " heard that some of the Church Fathers referred to the Gospels using terminology which indicates " Can you specify which Fathers? – bradimus Aug 28 '17 at 19:15
  • Basically, it sounds like you are asking if any church fathers somehow indicated that the gospels were not inspired. Some certainly thought they were inspired, but the question is if all did (as far as we know). Right? – Nathaniel is protesting Aug 28 '17 at 19:49
  • @Nathaniel I am asking if any of them did not think they were inspired. – cool breeze Aug 28 '17 at 20:34
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    Does Marcion of Sinope count as a Church Father? I typically would not include him, but I can see certain scholars including him. – bradimus Aug 28 '17 at 20:36
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Not to define exactly what is a Christian, but, very broadly speaking, there were early Christians who rejected parts of what today's Christians consider to be the New Testament. But, by doing so and thus having a presumably different faith, they are not widely considered "Church Fathers".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Fathers

Yet, as heretics so-called, Origen and Tertullian are considered by some to be "Church Fathers".

So, the quick answer to the OP question is it depends on your definition.

As to the others at that time, Marcion of Sinope is one example of an early "Christian" who rejected the Gospels of Matthew and John.

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf03.v.iv.v.v.html

The primary problem wasn't particularly rejecting books of the New Testament, but rather interpreting the books in a new and different fashion. This problem, obviously, continues to the present day.

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf03.v.iii.xxxvii.html

So, yes, depending on your definition of "Christian" and "Church Father", a case may be made that yes certain books were rejected by them as inspired.

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