Prima scriptura is the doctrine that says canonized scripture is “first” or “above all” sources of divine revelation. Implicitly, this view acknowledges that, besides canonical scripture, there are other guides for what a believer should believe, and how he should live. Prima scriptura suggests that ways of knowing or understanding God and his will, that do not originate from canonized scripture, are in a second place, perhaps helpful in interpreting that scripture, but testable by the canon and correctable by it, if they seem to contradict the scriptures. The Seven Ecumenical councils (Nicea 325 thru Nicea II in 787) I see are a great example of this in practice, in Church History. Heretics and schismatic’s are experts in quoting the scriptures. See also “Rule of Faith” on this page.
March 17, 2010 by Leave a Comment