Tradition and the Tacit


in Discerning the Mystery

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198261964
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682261 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Tradition and the Tacit

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This chapter presents an essay on the conflict between Catholics and Protestants concerning the use of tradition to support theological positions that cannot be proved from the Scripture. It explores some of the dimensions and implications of the understanding of tradition found in the Church Fathers and analyses the pattern of theological understanding that emerged from their attitude towards tradition. It suggests that despite the opposing positions of the Catholics and Protestants, both groups consider tradition as something comparable with the Scripture, either complementing it or a rival to it.

Keywords: tradition; Catholics; Protestants; Scripture; theology; Church Fathers; religious history

Chapter.  9887 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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