- Yes the Church guided by the Holy Spirit (as always - Acts 15:28) decided on the 27 New Testament books we all know today around the time of St. Augustine (although the books themselves were written much earlier during the first century AD). The Church is thus more than three centuries "older" than the Bible (I mean all its books together as we know it today)! St. Athanasius of Alexandria (297-373 AD) was the one who applied the term 'canonical' to the exact 27 books of our canonical New Testament.----- Original Message -----From: azbSent: Sunday, January 20, 2002 7:39 PMSubject: Re: Bibles
"For my part I would not believe the Gospel were not I moved thereto by the authority of the Catholic Church."
St. Augustine (Doctor, 354-430), Against the Epistle of Manichaeus Called Fundamental, ch.5, Patriologia Latina.