[quote=dennisknapp]I do agree, but Michael P. says on another thread,
Originally Posted by st_felicity
Would you explain how this statement supports the claim that the Bible is sufficient?–it seems to say that one must rely on tradition and teaching (also) which are the two portions of Divine Revelation that Protestants deny.
’Sola Scriptura does not say that the words and the letters of the Bible are sufficient, but the message that it communicates. It could be communicated in many different ways: Drama (i.e. Passion of Christ, preaching, summaries of the Gospel (Creeds, etc), etc.).
The Bible is the preservation of the Gospel and God’s words. But its message can be communicated in whatever way is culturally acceptable.
We agree with the Eastern Church on this. We deny that tradition is a separate source of the communication of the message of the Gospel, but a parallel source that is true to the degree that it adheres to the message of Scripture.
[left][font=Arial]“Any disjunction between Scripture and Tradition such as would treat them as two separate ‘sources of revelation’ must be rejected. The two are correlative. We affirm (1) that Scripture is the main criterion whereby the church tests traditions to determine whether they are truly part of the Holy Tradition or not; (2) that Holy Tradition completes Holy Scriptures in the sense that it safeguards the integrity of the biblical message.”
[right]***—Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue: The Dublin Agreed Statement 1984***[/right]
(Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1985), 50–51
Having said this, all of the objections that I have seen that Catholics have to sola Scriptura is based on a faulty notion of sola Scriptura that the Reformers never held. Therefore, you may be unwittingly creating staw men.
Here is a good book that accurately represents the evangelical position. I encourage anyone who is interested in accurately understanding the Reformed position to read it.
The Shape of Sola Scriptura
Hope everyone is doing well today. I am actually teaching on this tonight.
What do you think about this?
Peace be with you,
Ah, this sounds like a good read, thank you for offering it. Great post!
Peace, Love and Blessings,