I was at a friend’s for lunch today, and I made the mistake of mentioning Dr. Scott Hahn’s name… To our collective surprise, my friend reacted both violently and vocally (?!). He is a graduate of Steubenville (both BA and Masters in Theology), and apparently had Dr. Hahn as a professor in the early 90s. He has some very harsh things to say about him, both personally and “professionally”…! :nope:
One of his most vehement claims is that Dr. Hahn teaches “prima scriptura”, explaining this to us as a belief that Scripture is a “higher” authority than Tradition. My friend says that because of this, Dr. Hahn is heretical and goes against the teachings of the Church, and that when he called Dr. Hahn on it in class, he was ignored.
My question is, does anyone here actually know whether or not Dr. Hahn really teaches this currently (or even whether he ever taught this?)?
I have read and enjoyed everything I have ever read by Dr. Hahn, and have never gotten the impression from what I have read that he was trying to teach me that Scripture is primary over all else–rather, I always thought he reenforced for me my understanding of the equal importance of living Tradition, in that Tradition is what was passed down to us before the written canon of Scripture was established–Tradition is also the teaching of God, and Scripture is the unchaning revelation of the word to be used in conjunction with it. Tradition explains Scripture, and Scripture explains Tradition.
I have never taken Dr. Hahn’s classes, yet my friend did and claims to “know Dr. Hahn very well”. Even so, I will not accept what my friend has said to me against Dr. Hahn unconditionally–the fruits of Dr. Hahn’s work seem clear to me, and I myself have seen no problems in his writing. On top of this, my friend seems to have other “issues” with Dr. Hahn personally, and I fear that this is clouding his judgement…
Can anyone else shed any light on this or point me towards anything that addresses this concern of “prima scriptura”??