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Doesn’t mean that I actually do, however…
I’ve agreed with his view of sola scriptura, sola fide, and covenant theology (at least mostly for the latter). I am wrestling with his typological argument on Matthew 16.17-19. I like the fact that he is clear about his struggles and honest about his positions. He knew that he could no longer pastor a church feeling the way he did. That is admirable. It is also admirable that he didn’t stop when he realized that his questioning may in fact lead to a lot of heartache.
I don’t agree with him about everything though.
There has been a lot of discussion lately on this blog about Mary, which I appreciate. Let us dialogue, if nothing else.
There was a time in which I denigrated her, claiming that the Catholics worshiped her. She was, after all, just a woman.
No, actually, she was a young teen, dirt poor, oppressed and pregnant. She was a Jew too.
But Luke says that she was the most blessed of all women, for all generations. I understand then, the adoration, but not the veneration – which is not worship – of Mary. I am going to call it a big difference to make sure I remain safely Protestant though. But, I understand Scott’s explanation of it on p67-69.
I like the fact that he is grounding his exploration in the Text. I don’t agree, completely, with his dates on the assembling of the Canon. We did have a New Testament before the late 4th century, although the Councils did ‘approve’ it. This is something which Protestants need to understand, of course. There was a time when we didn’t have a Canon – no inspired text, no infallible text. No Chicago Statement either.
And, I will have to investigate this notion of sola dei verbum. Scripture is prime, always, but by itself it is not the Word of God. The issue, however, is that we do have an anarchy of beliefs. There is no central authority to establish doctrine. That is, I do agree, that we have thousands of denominations, sects, and cults because no one council remains to guide the faithful. Do we let the magisterium of scholasticism decide? Think about about many sects broke off of John Wesley’s initial group (from the Methodists, to the Wesleyans, to the Pentecostals)… or how many Baptist sects we have… This is where Scott and I might find the most common ground. Sola (and the more so, solo) Scriptura is illogical and must itself be proved from outside the Scriptures. Therefore, there must be something – right? – that guides the interpretation of Scripture…
Of course, the question remains – is a central authority needed in determining everything? Yes, Jeremy, the Church is described as a Kingdom, but it is described in other ways as well. What if the centralized authority wasn’t really needed? Can we find, in Scripture, the idea of a centralized authority being developed for the ‘New Testament Church?’
Scott, you are giving me a headache. Of course, it sounds like that he was busy giving his friends and mentors – and his wife – headaches as well.
I think that I’m going to have to read some Geoffrey Wainwright after this…