This post is mainly a request for a reply from Sola Scriptura non-Catholic Christians, but all views would be appreciated. I know it comes down to epistemology in the end but I think it is better placed in the non-catholic forum.
Basically Sola Scriptura(as I understand it), using the Bible to support belief in the Bible, does not make sense to me and I would appreciate any help/information to understand the protestant point of view on this one. This question has come to mind again and again over the last few weeks/months as I have spoken to non-Catholics, but basically I can't see a good reason to believe in the Bible apart from the Authority of the Catholic Church.
All I seem to get is a circular agrument along the lines of I believe in the Bible, because I believe in God and I believe in God because I believe in the Bible. The place of Grace(which all Christians accept) also seems to fall into this circle. How do you recognise Grace or the Holy Spirit, and so cooperate with them, apart from the Bible? How do you recognise the Bible(without an external witness) without Grace and The Holy Spirit? How can we even agree on a canon of Scripture by Scripture alone?
Cheers in advance for any replies