More on sola scriptura

The discussion on sola scriptura versus magisterium continues. D. from Seattle, an Orthodox Christian, argues that scripture cannot be the highest authority, since the scripture did not exist for the first few decades of the Church and wasn’t put into its canonical form for centuries after that. Since the Church pre-existed scripture, and indeed assembled the scripture as we know it, the Church, led by the Holy Spirit, must be the highest authority.

Personally I find such discussions difficult to follow and probably impossible to resolve, and also agonizing because they remind us of the terrible five hundred year old split in Western Christendom, a wound that seems as far from being healed now as it was then. Which may be one of the reasons that Anglicanism, the Third Way, which is more commonsensical and intuitive in its approach and doesn’t insist on logically spelling out every issue to the last jot and tittle, was a natural fit for me. At the same time, I am interested to see where the arguments go.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 29, 2009 01:34 AM | Send

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