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Solo Scriptura...

Is this a doctrine, concept, idea?

does it mean just what is says? You only the scripture?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:57 PM on Sep. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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    Answer by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • It's more of a concept because it's different denominations have different speicifics about it.

    Most protestants believe in sola scriptura -the idea that the bible is the only inerrant/infallible authority for Christian faith. But they do recognize that early Christian creeds, church leaders and pastors can and should contribute to understanding the bible.

    Some evangelicals have taken that idea to the extreme and that is sometimes called solo scriptura the bible is the only authority period. They dismiss ecumenical creeds, early teachings of church leaders, it all boils down basically that how an individal chooses to interpret scripture is right.


    Answer by eringobrough at 10:37 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • This is in contract to the Catholic and Orthodox understanding which views Scripture as one of three equal authorites for Christian faith. (Sacred Tradition and the Church episcopacy are the other two).

    Sacred Tradition (the big "T" Tradition) are the oral teachings of Christ passed down through the apostles. It is different than the little 't' traditions or customs and ritual practices. The church episcopapy are basially the bishops who lead the church. (In the Cathlolic faith this is also called the Magisterium).

    As a Catholic, one problem I have with the idea of solo scriptura is that no where does the bible list which of the ancient texts were inspired by God. Most of the books in the bible don't claim to be inspired. So how can the bible then be the only authority if it doesn't tell us which books are inspired?

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:43 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • It's a doctrine for me. The Bible interprets itself, simple as that. Anything more is man-added.

    Answer by Lexylex at 7:30 AM on Sep. 20, 2009

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