Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible by Various
Scripture alone. What does this mean? Are there varying views on it?
Several authors came together in this book to answer those questions. Taking the protestant approach to the Bible, they broke this discussion into seven sections. Each section dealing with understanding Sola Scripture, how the Roman Catholic position views this teaching and how the Protestants view this teaching.
What I found most helpful was the development of this book. It starts by answering the question: what do we mean by Sola Scriptura? From there it goes into the history of the Scripture, how it was view in early Christendom and the to the formation of the Scriptural Cannon.
The discussion then enters into the authority of Scripture, how to understand its authority in the lives of men and from whence came this authority. Do not skim this section as it has depth and potency that would do well to all that read it.
One section that I enjoyed was section six: Scripture and Tradition. In it Sinclair B. Ferguson discusses the difference between Roman Catholic tradition on Scripture and Scripture itself. What has happened is interpretation based on traditional teaching rather than what Scripture clearly states. This causes a heretical view of Scripture and thus the attempt, in some manner, to disregard Scripture as the sole authority for salvation.
All in all, a great book to read to strengthen the power of Scripture and destroy the traditions that are of men.