If in the name of ressourcement we search the early church for definitive answers to today's problems, we stand to repeat their mistake.
The Need for Creeds Today gives a positive perspective on confessions but fails to address the practicalities for personal and corporate life.
Throughout Luther’s attacks on Roman doctrine, he makes his primary appeals to Scripture, enlisting the Father’s support only to show his ideas were not novel. In stark contrast, as exemplified by the Papal Bulls, his opponents considered the Fathers and Councils to be additional sources for doctrine alongside the authoritative Scriptures. Of the errors condemned … Continue reading Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 3: Sufficiency
Buy from Amazon In part one of his book the Principle of Protestantism, Philip Schaff sketches the two-sided (material and formal) principle he sees to be the essential positive element of the Reformation; that is, the progressive element the Reformation contributed to the evolution of the Catholic Church. The second part addresses the relation of … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Philip Schaff’s The Principle of Protestantism
Buy from Amazon In the section Structures of Authority in his essay, The Problem of Authority in the Church, Carl E. Braaten argues that the Reformation was catholic in the way it viewed the relationship between Scripture and the church. Braaten argues beforehand that the church needs a way to identify and denounce heresy; to … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Braaten and Jenson, The Catholicity of the Reformation