Grace and peace to all.
I’m a friend seeking some answers about the Church. I’ve long considered myself a Catholic, but not Roman. I’ve had difficulty with certain Roman doctrines for a long time now, but I’m learning to see many of them differently these days.
I read Karl Keating’s book, Catholicism and Fundamentalism, about 10 years ago. I was introduced to Scott Hahn and others in the book Surprised by Truth. Most recently I have been reading David Currie’s book, Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic. Though all of these books deal with my questions to some degree, I’d like to ask a few questions from Currie’s book.
I’m hoping some Roman apologist will clear things up for me.
In his chapter on scriptural authority Currie puts great emphasis on the supposed need for oral tradition under the Mosaic Law. He says things like, “…no one could have established or maintained Judaism in the way God desired from the data found only in the Bible.” And later he says, “The God-ordained religion that Moses helped to set up required the faithful transmission of oral tradition from generation to generation.”
What I’m wondering is how we can know what is “required”, or “the way God desires” something to be done, if not from scripture?
What is it, exactly, that Currie and others think was “required” that wasn’t recorded in the Mosaic Law?
This seems to be a major point that my Roman Catholic friends return to repeatedly, but I remain unconvinced that the argument is anything more than wishful thinking.
I would appreciate some more detail on this point if anyone can help. Thank you.