Catholic apologists argue that sola scriptura, the Protestant idea that the Bible Alone is the sole rule of faith for the believer, is not found in scripture and is, therefore, self-refuting. Many adherents of this theological novelty have wasted long hours searching the scriptures in vain for an answer to the simple, but haunting question:
Where does the Bible teach sola scriptura?
Does a similar knock-down argument exist with regard to Eastern Orthodoxy?
Vladimir Soloviev, a Russian Orthodox who spent decades arguing for re-unification with the Catholic Church, suggests there is, and he makes the following demand of Eastern apologists who reject Catholic claims regarding the papacy: offer some alternative, positive principle of authority. He notes that Eastern apologists insist on conciliarism as the appropriate form of church structure. For them, ecumenical councils constitute the ultimate authority in matters of doctrine. But Soloviev scoffs at this. The East has never convoked and still cannot convoke an ecumenical council. So, the haunting question for our EO friends to answer is this:
Where has an ecumenical council decreed that ecumenical councils alone are the final authority for the Church?