Tradition in the Church

Philip Turner

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Tradition in the Church

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In Christian thought and practice, tradition serves to link present life and witness of the Church to the original witness of the Apostles. It is something like a bridge thrown across the chasm of time. The question is whether or not the connection forged in fact connects the present life and teaching of the Church to the original witness to Jesus in a way that is faithful. To put the matter in another way, in Christian thought the question addressed by the notion of tradition is how the Church is to remain faithful to the original witness of the Apostles and at the same time address in a cogent way the changes and chances of history. This article discusses the content of tradition, the processes by which tradition is to be passed on, tradition embedded in practice, and tradition as generative matrix.

Keywords: Christian thought; Christian tradition; Church; Apostles

Article.  8363 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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