Canonical Synthesis: The Anglican Via Media

William J. Abraham

in Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250035
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600388 | DOI:
 Canonical Synthesis: The Anglican Via Media

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The great architects of the Anglican Reformation were clearly uneasy with the practical and pastoral problems generated by an exclusive appeal to sola scriptura. They restricted the authority of scripture to matters essential to salvation, while making judicious appeal to tradition and reason to supplement the appeal to the bible. In time, the appeal to scripture, tradition, and reason has tended to supplant and erode the critical components of the canonical heritage that were central to the early Anglican tradition.

Keywords: Anglican reformation; essentials of salvation; reason; sola scriptura; tradition

Chapter.  11574 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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