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Stephen T. Davis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284598.001.0001

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Scripture, Tradition, and Theological Authority

Scripture, Tradition, and Theological Authority

(p.265) 15 Scripture, Tradition, and Theological Authority
Christian Philosophical Theology

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Catholics and Protestants differ on the issue of theological authority, with Catholics opting for “Scripture and Tradition” and Protestants preferring “Scripture alone”. Different interpretations of these slogans are discussed, and a plausible version of the second is presented. The second is said to be preferable to the first, although an important place for tradition must be preserved; tradition is necessary, but scripture must take priority. Four objections to the theory expounded here are answered.

Keywords:   theological authority, scripture, tradition, Protestantism, Catholicism

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