Scripture, Tradition, and Theological Authority

Stephen T. Davis

in Christian Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199284597
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603778 | DOI:
 							Scripture, Tradition, and Theological Authority

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Catholics and Protestants differ on the issue of theological authority, with Catholics opting for “Scripture and Tradition” and Protestants preferring “Scripture alone”. Different interpretations of these slogans are discussed, and a plausible version of the second is presented. The second is said to be preferable to the first, although an important place for tradition must be preserved; tradition is necessary, but scripture must take priority. Four objections to the theory expounded here are answered.

Keywords: theological authority; scripture; tradition; Protestantism; Catholicism

Chapter.  9315 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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