Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Is Sola Scriptura Anglican?

Here's an example of Neo-Evangelical style proselytizing aka 'new evangelism' aka 'religious freedom'. Notice how 'Reason' is touted over 'sola scriptura', the central tenet of 'Protestant' Christianity. It is the first time I'm hearing the term 'low Evangelical', an idea from a hierarchically judgmental mindset that is as foreign to mainstream Protestantism as the caste system is to individualism: Is Sola Scriptura Anglican? by Matt Kennedy | 8/04/2006 | Free Republic

Related links:

Neo-Evangelicalism - February 27, 2012

Twelve Dangers of Evangelical Co-Belligerence - February 25, 2012

Speaking of religious freedom, it is sola scriptura that gives Christians freedom to worship without the meddling of the church, or what Protestants call "middle men".

From Wikipedia: "By contrast, the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox Churches teach that the Scriptures are not the only infallible source of Christian doctrine. For them Scripture is but one of three equal authorities; the other two being Sacred Tradition and the episcopacy. These churches also believe that the Church has authority to establish or restrict interpretation of Scriptures because, in part, it implicitly selected which books were to be in the biblical canon through its traditions, whereas Protestants believe the Church passively recognized and received the books that were already widely considered canonical.[1] Read about Sola scriptura - Wikipedia

Compare sola scriptura with: "The infallibility of the Church (or, more properly, indefectibility of the Church) is the belief that the Holy Spirit will not allow the Church to err in its belief or teaching under certain circumstances. In Christianity, this belief is held by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church." Infallibility of the Church - Wikipedia

"The Anglican Church, at its origins, claimed this type of authority over the people of England, but the idea is no longer popular within the Church, owing in particular to a lack of commonly-accepted traditions and to disputes as to some peripheral doctrines. However, the Anglican Church holds to a unique ecclesiology; In the Anglican's view, the ancient and historic Churches (such as the Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, and Oriental Churches) that maintained Apostolic succession, belief, and practice, are all branches of the Universal Church*, and that there will always be a section of this tripartite Church which will not fall into major heresy."

See: Anglicanism

*Also see: Universalism and Catholic Church

From Wikimedia Commons: A photo of a print by Fratelli Bonella, showing St. Peter's Basilica (here representing the Catholic Church as a whole) illumined by the Holy Spirit.