Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sola Scriptura

Fr. Hart brought up the Reformation distinctive of "Sola Scriptura" and mentioned its weaknesses. I thought a paper that I wrote, one that helped bring me back into the Catholic Tradition, might be of interest here. I posted it, along with four other papers on Scriptures and a satirical poem in my blog, which may be read here.

---------ed pacht


Anonymous said...


Great paper. I was raised in H.W. Armstrong's "church", and my father is still a minister in one of the various spin-offs still clinging to that man's exegetical and hermeneutical violence, so I was interested, and a little shocked, to see you mention his name.

Fr. Robert Hart said...

This is a good paper. However, if I may bring up one point, Matt. 2:23 is no mystery to those of us who read Hebrew. It is likely that St. Matthew was thinking of Isaiah 11:1, and the word "branch." The Hebrew word is netser or "Nazarene."

Anonymous said...

I believe you're frustation is the same as my frustration about religious classifications. A friend of mine sent me this blog; she's anglican, I'm southern baptist, and I have catholic, pentacostal, assembly, and even both agnotstice and atheistic people I concider my friends. I am not evangelical (despite what I sound like when I write, personally I believe salvation is something only for God -- despite the belief of men).

I think what matters most, to most people, is the profession of faith, and how true one is to that profession. I know I'm a poor witness under my profession, still I have no other beliefs that predicate that God is not the only way... Through Him ... There is no other way.

God bless

poetreader said...

Thanks you.

Thanks also for pointing that out. That had escaped me. It doesn't change my point, however, that Scripture quotes in ways Evangelicals would not expect.


Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with "Sola Scriptura" if it's understood as affirming the traditional primacy of Sacred Scripture in matters of faith and doctrine (i.e. the Sacred Scripture alone, according to the Universal and Ancient use of the Church, holds the place of the inerrant and infallible Word of God to the Body of Christ)--versus the common use of this phrase as a means of denying the Ancient and Catholic doctrines of the Holy Church.

God Bless,

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.