Category Archives: Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura 7 – It just hasn’t worked

It’s not a very good title for this post, but I couldn’t really think of a good one. The idea, at least at the beginning of the Reformation, but also still expressed in many places today, was and is that Scripture could somehow provide the only thing necessary to maintain at least some sort of […]

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Sola Scriptura 6 – Utilitarian

In a way, this thread I’ve observed seems a little odd. For some reason, the attempt to place the Bible in a place where it does not naturally fit distorts the manner in which it is perceived and the practices surrounding it. At first blush, it would seem that the elevation of the Bible to […]

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Sola Scriptura 5 – Yanking On Those Bootstraps

Yesterday I briefly touched on the complex manner in which the canon of Holy Scripture we often call the Bible developed over time within and as part of the tradition of the church. Scripture is not something which somehow stands apart or separate from the church and its tradition. Rather it is a product of […]

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Sola Scriptura 4 – Canon and History

The thread of deconstruction I have in mind today is a tangled one indeed. I’m not sure how well I can express it one post, but I’ll do my best. Put simply, many of the ways “the Bible” is discussed among those today who hold to some variation of sola scriptura simply don’t reflect the […]

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Sola Scriptura 3 – Authority

Authority is a difficult and complex concept and I recognize I can’t begin to plumb its depths in today’s short post. But this feeds an important stream in the deconstruction of the philosophical idea of sola scriptura. So I can’t simply ignore it in the context of this series. My own cultural shaping has been […]

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Sola Scriptura 2 – So Many Sola Scripturas

One of the things that quickly dawned on me as I explored this idea is that there isn’t really one concept called Sola Scriptura. Rather, there are a variety of different perspectives, often flowing from different times and places, that all operate under that general umbrella. Luther, for example, had little patience with the idea […]

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Sola Scriptura – Interlude for Dilemma

As I move into this series, Peter Rollins posted the video below. It also struck me as beautiful and evocative. I have the sense that there are those who will watch and truly see and others who may not. I can’t think of a way to translate my reaction to words. So I’ll leave you […]

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Sola Scriptura 1 – Intertwined with the Modern Lens

No, this isn’t going to be yet another one of those apologies for or arguments against the idea of Sola Scriptura that you find littered across the blogosphere and in print. I’ve read and listened to quite a few from a variety of perspectives over the years and found the majority of them … less […]

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