[quote=malachi_a_serva]To statements such as, “well for 1500 years that is how all Christians understood it”
This could be received in a response to the “New Birth” - where “for 1500 years that is how all Christians understood it” - referring to it happening at Baptism. Or in response to the actual “necessity” of Baptism for salvation…
Or even when one is debating the “literal” or “symbolic” meaning of the “Eucharist”…“well for 1500 years noone took the Eucharist as symbolic”…
Hopefully I am clear with my question.
My view is that where this is clearly true–baptism being one example–the Protestant view is decidedly wrong. (Fortunately that is one instance where many Protestants–Lutherans for instance–are closer to the Catholic position.) On other issues it’s harder to say this clearly. Sola scriptura, for instance, simply wasn’t formulated in the same way before the Reformation. You can find passages in the Fathers pointing in both directions. I would say that there’s some support for material but not for formal sufficiency, and that Protestantism should adjust its theology accordingly.
But then I’m not a typical Protestant. I remain Protestant only by the skin of my teeth, and only because Protestantism doesn’t claim infallibility and thus is in principle open to change for the better.