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Sola Scriptura isn't taught in the Bible Sola scriptura is a self-refuting doctrine because it is extra-Biblical and therefore not consistent with its own principle of "Scripture alone." Rather, we find the following biblical instructions to maintain traditions that were not passed down in biblical writings: "I commend you because you remember me in ...


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The problem is no one knows exactly what John ever said apart from his writings. It's the same with Paul. What Traditions were extant in their time? Do we really believe they taught, for example, the Immaculate Conception? How would we know? It's an argument from silence and it's an argument that led to division not just between Protestant and Catholic, ...


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Yes she (Catholic Church) does. I've copied the pertinent parts from the previous poster's quotes to show this. 82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and ...


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Yes and no. That is, in simple terms: No, the doctrine of the Trinity is not "finalized" or "completed" – Reformed theologians regularly debate the intricacies of this doctrine Yes, the doctrine of the Trinity is "finalized" – anyone who rejects the fundamentals of the Trinity would generally not be considered "Reformed." Your quote of the Westminster ...


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There are a number of ways to approach the question of sola scriptura. The Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox, and the Catholic Church all maintain that the Scriptures are not the only medium by which revealed truth has been transmitted; there is also the oral tradition that comes ultimately from the Apostles. (For the Catholic perspective, see ...


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This is a complex topic, for at least two reasons: 1) there was a wide diversity of thought in the pre-Reformation and Reformation periods, and 2) today's definitions of sola scriptura and sola fide vary and the particulars can be difficult to trace within the pre-Reformation and Reformation periods, and any attempts to do so are naturally susceptible to ...


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To start with, you're not understanding what Sola Scriptura actually means. It does not mean that only explicit propositions found in the scriptures are accepted. It does not mean that Protestants reject or ignore tradition, historical theology, creeds, or reason. Sola Scriptura means that Protestants think that the scriptures are the only infallible source ...


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Just as the political principle of separation of powers isn't needed and wouldn't make sense in an absolute monarchy or a dictatorship, so too does the doctrine of sola scriptura assume and require that there are actually other sources of divine inspiration alongside the scriptures. Sola scriptura is a doctrine that sets controls on how we understand and use ...


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1. The New Covenant is the Gospel of the Cross Luke 22:19-20: And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” From these ...


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Speaking as a lifelong Protestant, I would say that in genuine Protestantism, the Head of every man is Christ. There is no hierarchy. None is above another. The greatest is as the least. But it is true that a man's gift will make room for him and spiritual men will appreciate and be voluntarily subject to others more spiritual than themselves. I have added ...


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Before we get into the weeds, here are the main points that I intend to impart: Reformed theology generally accepts the church fathers' wisdom on the homoousion. The concept of homoousion, not the term, is what matters most. The concept of homoousion safeguards the Gospel against Arianism. There is no single proof-text for the term, but the concept is ...


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Yes, the Westminster Confession of Faith answers this apparent, but not real, circularity as follows. In Chapter 1 Paragraph 5, we read: We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of ...


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How can Protestants authoritatively declare something as wrong or heretical under Sola Scriptura? Actually, we have a perfect example in Jesus. Jesus, when he lived on earth as a man, constantly quoted the scriptures of the Old Testament as a way to rebuke the errors of His days. Even as a child, who "grew, and waxed strong in spirit" Luke 2:40, the rabbis ...


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I’m not at all convinced that the two interpretations of Sola Scriptura presented in your question are definitive, let alone which one is a corruption of the original meaning. But before we go any further, it is important to establish what “Tradition” means. One source of information says this under the heading ‘Irenaeus and Tertullian held to sola ...


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I will answer from the perspective of Evangelical Christianity (Reformed). We Evangelicals believe that transsexuals have a disordered gender identity and is suffering from an extreme form of mental illness: Anyone who really believes he is a woman when he is a man (or vice versa) is profoundly, dangerously ill. (Evangelical: The Transgender ...


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The Westminster Confession of Faith and its associated catechisms (collectively referred to as the Westminster Standards) are designed to teach the Reformed faith, but not necessarily to defend it. Even the inclusion of the footnoted scripture proofs was at the request of the English House of Commons and would not have been included otherwise (it was adopted ...


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tldr; No - the Reformers disavowed the concept of the Magisterium. If you read the Wikipedia article on the Magisterial Reformation it is plain to see that the usual usage of the term "Magisterial Reformers" isn't actually related to the concept of a teaching Magisterium: The Magisterial Reformation is a phrase that "draws attention to the ...


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A better question is: Is Tradition also a medium of divinely revealed truth? If so, then it is on par with Holy Scripture. First, is the Word of God intrinsically something which is written word? Scripture itself calls the oral teaching of the Apostles, under inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the Word of God. We know, therefore, that the Word of God cannot ...


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The assertion is based on a faulty premise The Church does not teach that Scripture is insufficient; the authors' are putting their words into someone else's mouth. The quoted statement about a claim by the Catholic church (unfounded, as the Church does not refer to scripture as insufficient) presents a question suffering from the fruits of the poisoned ...


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Laypeople owned Books of the Hours and illuminated manuscripts of Holy Scripture before the printing press. (See the "Manuscript" Catholic Encyclopedia article for the history of manuscripts and copyists.) There was no ecclesiastical prohibition of such ownership. St. Paula (347-404), a wealthy Roman lady who could thus afford manuscripts, studied Holy ...


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I am answering the question : "Are there any reformed persons who argue for such a position" that is to say who "reject sensus unum and yet still affirm biblical inerrancy from a view of sensus plenior" ? I define sensus unum as the concept that any biblical text has a plain meaning, an obvious meaning and a single meaning. I define sensus plenior as ...


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Argument based on 1 Corinthians 13 P1. There is a time T when the perfect will come and spiritual gifts such as tongues, prophecy and knowledge will cease. Before T, these spiritual gifts are available. After T, they cease (From 1 Cor 13:1-2,8-10) P2. There will be a time T when we will see face to face. (From 1 Cor 13:12) P3. The time T when we will see ...


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From a historical perspective, the texts which became canonical were those which proto-orthodox Christians accepted and based their practices and traditions upon. Therefore the practices and traditions are in keeping with books which became part of the Bible. If you think about it some Christian traditions must predate the writing of certain texts. In 1 ...


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Biblical Christianity vs. un-Biblical Christianity In regards to protestantism, Biblical Christianity could probably be defined or characterized by how one would describe un-Biblical Christianity. What is unbiblical Christianity? It is Christianity (or the claim thereof) that lives or teaches something in contradiction to Scripture. Naturally, to conclude ...


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The Church has never proscribed private possession, reading, or translation of the Bible (and indeed the Douay-Rheims Bible, long the standard Catholic English translation, was published before the King James Version). The Church was very concerned in the mid-16th century that Protestants had made their own decisions about what books to include in the canon ...


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The term Trinity is not in the Bible but the doctrine is clearly supported by the New Testament. Similarly, the wikipedia article shows how the concept of "the primacy of scripture" has been in use implicitly (although implemented differently) by different Christian groups throughout history. Before Reformation the concept was used in contrast with the ...


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When you start by claiming, “Within Protestantism there is no universal definition of theology or how to understand the Bible…” that risks distortion of the facts. Good though the question is, it needs to be pointed out at the outset that the definition of theology is not a problem, let alone a question, among Protestants. All Protestants are agreed that ...


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Because Protestants do not believe that the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ have borne witness to them that those texts are inspired scripture. The Westminster Confession (1646) has a fascinating paragraph where it lists off many of the characteristics that set scripture apart from other writings, before dismissing them all to say that the ultimate reason we ...


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The CCC says no such thing. The part of the Catechism which covers Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture stretch from Paragraphs 74 to 141. While it is perhaps not convenient to transcribe this somewhat large section of the Catechism in this answer, I will select a few paragraphs which speak more directly of Scripture and its relation to Tradition: 75 "...


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This is probably a "no win" situation attempting to answer such a question and this will, in no way, be considered a comprehensive answer for such a simple question that has been so complicated by so many people with so many varying agendas. Many years ago, one of my Bible professors stated that the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. In the nearly ...


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