Five Views on Scripture and Tradition

By C Michael Patton  [SOURCE] “If it ain’t in the Bible, I don’t believe it.” Have you ever heard said that? How about this one: “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” You might have that bumper sticker. Why not? Doesn’t this represent the glory of the Protestant Reformation’s elevation of Scripture […]

On Sola Scriptura

Michael Jensen    [bold emphasis mine – RAS]        [SOURCE] One of the greatest and most enduring slogans of the Reformation is sola scriptura (‘scripture alone’). The slogan brilliantly encapsulates the Protestant insistence that the church and its traditions are to be subject to Scripture, and not the other way around. The Reformers insisted that human traditions, […]

A Summary of the Scriptures

[I thought this was a useful concise summary narrative of the scriptures so I reblog it – RAS] “The Greatest Story Ever Told” by Mike Riccardi God’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14). This is expressed in His creation […]

Four Resources in the Study of the Revealed God

Thomas Oden [taken from his work Classic Christianity] Christian Scripture, Christian tradition, Christian reasoning, and Christian experience all exist in response to God’s historical revelation in Israel and Jesus Christ. The sources of the study of God are in this way seen in a sequence that moves from originative event (Christ the Revealer of God […]

Clement on Distinguishing Truth and Heresy

Clement of Alexandria (c.150 – c. 215)  [Clement was a Teacher at the Catechetical School of Alexandria] Scripture the Criterion by Which Truth and Heresy are Distinguished : The Stromata (Book VII: Chapter 16)  [I include the entire chapter to preserve context – RAS] “But those who are ready to toil in the most excellent […]

Chrysostom on Scripture

“And therefore though there be nobody that listens to it, let us do our part, and show that there is nothing superfluous, nothing added at random in the Scriptures. For if these names had no use, they would not then have been added to the Epistle, nor would Paul have written what he has written. […]

Chrysostom on the Perfection of Scripture

2Ti 3:13-17 LEB But evil people and imposters will progress to the worse, deceiving and being deceived. (14) But you continue in the things which you have learned and are convinced of, because you know from whom you learned them, (15) and that from childhood you have known the holy writings that are able to […]

On the Primacy of Scripture

IRENAEUS OF LYONS (130-202) We have known the method of our salvation by no other means than those by whom the gospel came to us; which gospel they truly preached; but afterward, by the will of God, they delivered to us in the Scriptures, to be for the future the foundation and pillar of our […]

Cyril on the Source of All Doctrine

“No doctrine concerning the divine and saving mysteries of the faith, however trivial, may be taught without the backing of the holy Scriptures. We must not let ourselves be drawn aside by mere persuasion and cleverness of speech. Do not even give absolute belief to me, the one who tells you these things, unless you […]

The Need for Holy Scripture in Eastern Orthodox Churches

by Hilarion Alfeyev  (excerpt from ‘Orthodox Theology on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century’) It is well known that Protestantism using the Bible as their main weapon enjoy considerable popularity in contemporary Russia. In any collision between an Eastern Orthodox Christian and a Protestant, the latter will almost certainly demonstrate a superior knowledge of Holy […]

John of Kronstadt on the Historicity of Scripture

“When you doubt in the truth of any person or any event described in Holy Scripture, then remember that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” (2 Tim 3:16) as the Apostle says, and is therefore true, and does not contain any imaginary persons, fables, and tales, although it includes parables which everyone can […]