The discussion with Ioannes on another thread got me really thinking about how we are to read the fathers.
Does their advice always carry on to the present day? Much of it is instructive and corrective and time-specific. . or is it not?
How do we determine when it is and it isn't.
For example, Ioannes presented many quotes by the church fathers concerning how women should dress. The fathers instructed that no earrings, jewelry, etc. should be worn because that is what prostitutes wear.
But in today's society one who wears these things isn't immediately associated with a prostitute. Time has changed things. A woman in the first or second century might have been immediately associated with prostitutes if she wore earrings, jewelry, tighter clothes, etc. Today that isn't the case. To be associated with a prostitute a women would basically have to be much more revealing.
So do the rules change? Does what the fathers said not really apply? Should new rules be instated?
I appreciate your feedback.