The Authority of Tradition in Matters of Religion

Paperback | May 13, 2012

byGeorge Holden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 Excerpt: ...not attach inerrancy to particular churches. "Whatever authority they may ascribe to the oral teaching of the Apostles, they do not prove that any of it has been otherwise preserved than in the Holy Scriptures. They do not, therefore, warrant the inference, that the traditionary belief of the primitive Christians strictly accorded with the teaching of the Apostles. Besides the texts which have been examined, some general arguments have been brought forward in support of the authority of tradition. Thus the obscurities of Scripture, it is alleged, are so numerous, and the difficulty of expounding it so great, that it will be impossible to arrive at any certainty without the interpretive guidance of tradition. As this is a matter which will again come under review in the next chapter, it need only be observed here that, even allowing the premises, it does not follow that the transmissive creed of the churches must be such interpretive guide. It has likewise been argued, that the necessity of tradition is manifested by the very form of the sacred writings, which were composed with a partial design, to suit particular exigencies of the Church, or of individuals, without any thing like systematic arrangement; and also by their abounding with difficulties and obscurities too great for the most cultivated understanding to surmount. Such a mode of reasoning is common; but even admitting the Scriptures to be precisely as they are here represented, it by no means follows, either that the Apostles left any additional explanation in deposit with the Church, or that any now exists, and can now be known. And if it did, nothing would be gained, inasmuch as it might reasonably be inferred, that the same obscurities, and the same partial characters would be found in tr...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 Excerpt: ...not attach inerrancy to particular churches. "Whatever authority they may ascribe to the oral teaching of the Apostles, they do ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:May 13, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217885802

ISBN - 13:9780217885805

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