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Reading Scripture in Tradition: Why Sola Scriptura doesn’t work

Reading the Scriptures

By Gabe Martini Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of Sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or “summit”1 of holy tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct, nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple: the scriptures are a witness to divine revelation, given from God to mankind (and ... Read More »

SOLA SCRIPTURA VS. HOLY TRADITION: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

By Gabe Martini I have recently—and on a few other occasions—written about the differences between the Protestant approach to authority and the Orthodox. For Protestants, the final authority or rule is the Bible—a principle known as Sola Scriptura. And while some Protestants have written catechisms and other companion material to the scriptures themselves, these too are held in check by the ... Read More »

WHY SOLA SCRIPTURA HONESTLY SCARES ME

Ryan Adams

By Ryan Adams Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me. However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant. This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context. Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of ... Read More »

Mode of Life offers some thoughts regarding a question about Iconography

5th Century pulpit - Kalambaka Greece

Dear Mode of Life, I would like to thank you for your article on the fullness Church iconography (http://modeoflife.org/iconography-a-statement-of-image/), I found the article wonderfully stimulating, and almost overwhelming in the riches of tradition and theology in which it describes.  My own congregation is a Protestant church which is dedicated to Mark the Evangelist, we have placed an icon of St Mark in ... Read More »