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, […]

On the Genealogy of jesus

NOTE : Before, when I was a Reformed/Baptist, I held the view that Jesus’ genealogy in Luke was through Mary. I still kinda lean that direction, but this article is a good representation of another legitimate Catholic view I have no problem embracing– RAS Three main difficulties are advanced against the foregoing harmony of the […]

On Redefining Tradition

Craig Blaising [excerpt taken from Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism] “The [Eastern] Orthodox extend the locus of divine inspiration and authority beyond the Scripture to the Church itself, specifically to the decisions of the ecumenical councils, but more generally and on a practical level to the entirety of [Eastern] Orthodox tradition. […]

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 […]

Concerning Women’s Ordination

by Alexander Schmemann (from A Letter to an Episcopal Friend, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 3, 1973, pp. 239-243) “Dear Friend: When you asked me to outline the Orthodox reaction to the idea of women’s ordination to the priesthood, I thought at first that to do so would not be too difficult. It […]

The Orthodox Christian Opportunity

By Bradley Nassif, Ph.D Last December, Christianity Today magazine graciously provided a forum for me to answer a question I posed in the title of my article: “Will the twenty-first be the Orthodox century?” I answered, “Yes. The twenty-first will likely be a century that witnesses a theological rebirth of the Orthodox vision within Protestantism, […]

Christianity During the First Millennium

by Dr David Bradshaw, Professor at the University of Kentucky Christianity during the first thousand years of its existence was markedly different from that familiar today. Here are some of its distinctive features. [a slight misleading statement as will be seen – RAS] 1. The Authority of Tradition Most Christians today regard the Bible as […]

Basil on The Six Days of Creation

Basil the Great (ca. 330 – January 1, 379), was bishop of Caesarea, a leading churchman in the 4th century. The Church considers him a great saint and one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Gregory the Theologian (Gregory Nazianzus) and John Chrysostom. Basil, Gregory the Theologian, and Basil’s brother Gregory of Nyssa are […]

What is Tradition?

by John Hamre Admittedly one of the more difficult things (don’t know that it was the most) that I have had to wrestle with, at least in an intellectual sense, is the idea of tradition in the Church.  How do words, ideas, actions, and so forth identified as ‘tradition’ within the Church fit with the […]