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How God Became King


#61

My understanding is that you where the sola scripituria guy, but in understanding, you where the orthodox RC guy, so yes we can settle this between the protestants and the Catholics / orthodox Christians.


#62

No. I shy away from RC theology. But embrace elements of EO theology. See Anglo-Orthodoxy.

Unlike the Roman Catholic church which maintains that interpretive authority is the prerogative of the church’s Magisterium, Orthodoxy holds that interpretive authority belongs to the church in its historical entirety. This is the “conscience” of the church or “Holy Tradition” which includes, first and foremost, the Scriptures, then the seven ecumenical councils, the writings of the Fathers, the canons of the church, the liturgy, iconography, etc. Whereas the Roman Catholic Church tends to view Scripture and Tradition as separate sources of revelation (two source theory), Orthodoxy sees Tradition as an organic whole (one source theory) which includes Scripture. Tradition, then, functions as the hermeneutical lens through which we understand the Bible. It is a safeguard against the kind of free-for-all interpretation that permeates many mainline churches today. When approaching Scripture, it is better to trust the collective wisdom of the ages than the myopic vision of contemporary individuals or groups.

One cannot help but to hear, in all of this, echoes of historical Anglican theology which organically unites “Scripture, Tradition, and Reason” over against the tendentious voices of modern Biblical revisionism. And let us not forget the Oxford Movement which appealed to the Vincentian canon (from Vincent of Lerins, c. 434) as a criterion for interpreting Scripture in matters of essential faith and practice: Faced with numerous conflicting interpretations, we hold fast to that which has been “believed everywhere, always, by all” (often summed up in the formula, “universality, antiquity, consent”).

No, it won’t be settled. WHY, you may ask? Because I am a professional researcher. Having done that for decades, in academia and work. And can bring to the table, all the professional arguments - that the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox theologians can bring up. And what arguments - the Protestants muster up.

But - more importantly…I have a unique style. Which uses psychological principles (after all, I have a graduate degree in the area)…If I study a person’s answers, I can usually predict how they respond.

And I don’t always engage, in an academic format. It’s actually a cross between academic, Socratic (asking the right questions), marketing (usually using direct response, copywriting principles) and stand up comedy.

It may never be settled. But I promise “to make it entertaining and engaging” - so to speak. But on another forum thread - chiefly devoted to the topic.

If you like to read a bit, try starting with “100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura” – Review. And as the reviewer says:

Surprisingly, Dave saves the most devastating argument for #55 where he points out sola Scriptura’s Achilles’ heel: the doctrine is not explicitly found in Scripture. Therefore you need an outside authority to confirm the doctrine, which in turn violates its very principle. To say it another way, sola Scriptura cannot be proved by Scripture alone.

Nevertheless, collectively, these 100 arguments build an airtight case against sola Scriptura which should trouble any Protestant. After all, it only takes one to topple the whole sola Scriptura tower.

Perhaps if you opened up a topic thread…I might stop by and sit a spell. And we can ponder such questions…like why did God allow the RC and EO churches…to continue in “error” for 1500 years…until the Protestants “uncovered the truth”. But - more importantly - how important is this topic to YOU? Enough to open another thread on it? To continue it here, is equivalent to someone starting a duel - at Chuck E. Cheese’s. :wink:

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”-- Paulo Coelho


#63

As much as I don’t understand Randy’s humor, I am with him on this one. That is, Sola Scriptura is faulty, in my opinion just as those who believe it think those who do not, are faulty.

So it is very difficult to harmonize Christianity with a different set of presuppositions.

As for the ZA, I find it highly inprobable on scientific grounds. But, something more mild like a parasitic species invading our brain and causing animalistic violent behavior is not so far out there, nor would a chemical type labotomy. We are starting to understand the brain enough to know where certain behaviors stem from and how they interact and feed off each other. The brain is actually not one unit but 6-8 (memory may be off hence thecase6-8) units each with their own say in the matter governed by one unit that can theoretically override the others. Though this part if the brain seems to do a poor job, as you witness nearly everyone addicted to something, wether it be drugs, sex, gambling, assault, rage, hate, video games. Many do not feel morally wrong by their addiction because it isn’t on the taboo list. Some people cannot function without caffeine, and prescriptions drugs from adhf, depression, etc, do not differently from their street counterparts asside from being “prescribed”… Eye opening if you study it without confirmation bias.

BTW, the above is not to make anyone feel guilty, for I doubt they would anyway, just saying we have lots of hypocrisy on the matter from the religious the non religious alike.


#64

We’ve had threads dealing with sola scriptura, you might want to read through, say, this one and then pick up the conversation there?


#65

If this is important to Chad, then he can resurrect it. And I always posed these questions - for non-orthodox positions discussed here:

  • Is the winner the one who has the “best” argument?

  • And if so, WHAT is the “criteria” for judgment and WHO is the jury.?

If one wishes to embrace Sola Scripturea…and come up with a view, that VERY FEW agree with - or buy into…So be it. And if turns out to be “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”… then God has made, a colossal failure to communicate.

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of faith. Either in something established or an RYO (roll your own) brand of theology.

But when tragedy comes knocking. Or disease or death comes to visit. That’s the TRUE test, of our theology and philosophy.

Especially when God sings this song… :smile:


#66

Good choice Randy!
Though I think we have been promised at least a ‘rose garden’ but we seem to get there through suffering.


#67

Hi Randy I appreciate your post. The fact that you continually view yourself as a RC/ EO is quite cool. But you somehow continue to quote and try to steer the conversation to a Calvinist site.

Just wondering your intentions?


#68

Good point. Calvinism, in my eyes has done more evil to Christianity than everything else combined. Such a filthy and vile doctrine.


#69

The site Got Questions, claims to be - a non-denominational site. And they do answer, a wide variety - of theological and Biblical questions. Which are usually mentioned here. However, some critics do say they have some answers - favorable to a Calvinistic position. So I would say their answers are usually non-denominational, with an occasional Calvinistic twist. Here are their own words at About - Got Questions

We are Christian, Protestant, conservative, evangelical, fundamental, and non-denominational. We view ourselves as a para-church ministry, coming alongside the church to help people find answers to their spiritually related questions.

To avoid confusion in the future, I will just say…I’m pointing to (or quoting from), an answer at Got Questions.

The majority opinion of the Eastern Orthodox Church, is that the Roman Catholic Church - is a church with grace. Having said that, there are still vast differences - between the two churches.

Eastern Orthodoxy brings to the table, some theological elements and guidance - that I bring to the Anglican framework.

I realize there are other theologies here - that folks follow, that others would consider non-orthodox. As a hopeful universalist, I would love for some positions here - to be true. Like Christ has already accomplished everything and there is no awful, end-times revelations in sight.

As far as zombie prophesies go, it does raise some pointed questions - about prophesy in this day and age (see Zombie Apocalypse). And I can’t say it doesn’t exist. Because my Protestant mom, now deceases at 92.5 years old…was born with that gift. I believe these prophecies are real. And those having them, are Christians holding traditional beliefs. But that they can be interpreted also symbolically - of something deeper. Or if literal, they are not necessarily cast in concrete. Much depends collectively on us.

The Holy Fooll path, is in part - one of humor. So I apply that element, even to serious topics.

But Sola Scriptura, is a path of confusion. Where everyone throughout the ages, comes up with their own version - of what is a correct understanding. I like the Eastern Orthodox lens, of applying what has been passed down collectively. Right or wrong, it is a good, guiding principle - to follow. Just as I embrace elements of the wisdom tradition, dealing with silent meditation, healing and living ethically.

How about a song - dedicated to life. :slight_smile: