=minorsecond;13305066]Yeah, I’ve still not confronted a compelling argument for it, and I asked over on Reddit.
It seems to me, after some thinking, that Solo/Sola/Prima Scriptura all suffer from the same thing, ultimately: the individual is placed in ultimate authority. Prima Scriptura says that Tradition is fine as long as it “meshes” with scripture and doesn’t override it. But, it’s still up to the individual’s interpretation of Scripture. If I interpret Scripture to say that Jesus had no brothers, then Mary’s perpetual virginity may stand. Otherwise, it fails. So, even under the framework of Prima Scriptura, my authority reigns supreme.
I go back to “our churches teach…”. It is not a matter, at least from a Lutheran POV, of what the individual thinks. Certainly there are those who teach that. Certainly, there are Lutherans and Catholics who stand on there individual interpretation, Pelosi and Biden are notorious, but obviously not alone.
Within Lutheranism, you would be right about Mary’s perpetual virginity, but that’s not doctrine in Lutheran teaching. Its adiaphoron. In the same way, a Catholic may interpret individually whether or not the Blessed Virgin died prior to her Assumption. The Catholic Church also leaves many things open to the individual’s personal piety, so long as it does not go against Catholic doctrine. Am I right?
The point is, from a Lutheran perspective (I can’t speak for other communions, since I am no more a member of them than I am in communion with the Bishop or Rome), sola scriptura only applies to doctrines of the Church, things I am bound to believe.
“Oh, but you must have a community of believers to validate your interpretation!” Nope. Still doesn’t work. I could just go join another church that believes the same, or start my own denomination.
And you as a Catholic can go and join another communion, as well, Catholic Church claims against it notwithstanding. AFAIK, there are lots of former Catholics in the pews of parishes not in communion with the Bishop or Rome, including Lutheran, Anglican, and Orthodox.