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Book Review: 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura
Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | July 3, 2012 | TDJ

Posted on 07/03/2012 9:31:36 AM PDT by Te骹ilo

Another nail in the coffin of the foundational Protestant dogma

Sola scriptura is dead, or at least is undead, a zombie still stalking the darkened hallways of Protestantism. Many well-meaning Protestant Christians don’t see the zombie-dogma for what it is; instead, they choose to see it as a being of light. My friend Dave Armstrong has returned to blow the old decrepit sola scriptura monsters one at a time in his latest work, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura.

Let’s recall the definition of the sola scriptura dogma – yes, it is a dogma – as understood by Norman Geisler, a recognized Protestant authority Dave quotes in his work:

By sola scriptura orthodox Protestants mean that Scripture alone is the primary and absolute source of authority, the final court of appeal, for all doctrine and practice (faith and morals)… (p.16)
Geisler, and other authorities Dave quotes, further explain that other authorities exist, but that these are of secondary importance. Geisler also defends what he calls the perspicuity of Holy Writ, which means that anyone can understand the basic truths of Scripture: the plain things are the main things and the main things are the plain things, Geisler states. (p.17). As a true analyst, Dave separated the sola scriptura dogma into its constituents claims, found out its contents, examined its individual parts, and studied the structure of sola scriptura as whole. He found them defective and insufficient to expound and explain the full spectrum of Christian claims.

Dave kills the sola scriptura zombie by selecting 100 verses from Scripture contradicting this central Protestant claim. I guess he selected 100 verses because the number “100” gives the reader a sense of exhaustive answer and completion, not because there are only 100 verses that should make all sincere Protestant Christian at least uncomfortable with the teaching. In fact, Dave is the author of another related work, 501 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura: Is the Bible the Only Infallible Authority?, which is useful if you need another 401 arguments to kill the sola scriptura zombie dead.

100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura. is a distillation of the 501 Biblical Arguments… in a more manageable, less overwhelming fashion for the beginning reader. It’s 133 pages in length and divided into two parts. In Part 1 Dave discusses the binding authority of Tradition, as substantiated in Scripture, and in Part 2 he discusses the binding authority of the Church, again from Scripture. The result must be uncontestable to the sincere Protestant Christian as well as eye opening to the full range of deeds and wonders the Incarnation of the Word of God brought to history.Will the sola scriptura zombie really die after Dave’s work? This is a senseless question because the zombie is already dead. It’s kept ambulating by strings pulled from the most diehard of its followers. Those strings must be cut by the individual, sincere Protestant Christian himself. Dave Armstrong’s work, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura. not only blows the zombie of sola scriptura away, he also provides the truth-searcher with the scissors to cut off the strings.


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1 posted on 07/03/2012 9:31:43 AM PDT by Te骹ilo
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To: YellowRoseofTx; Rashputin; StayoutdaBushesWay; OldNewYork; MotherRedDog; sayuncledave; ...

PING!


2 posted on 07/03/2012 9:33:35 AM PDT by Te骹ilo (Visit Vivificat! - http://www.vivificat.org - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary and Opinion)
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To: Te贸filo
There is a sort of logical error in using Bible scripture to argue sola scriptura is not Biblical.

Anyone catch that?

I mean, really, why would anyone believe the argument!

I"m returning to the counting of the angels on the head of this pin ~ should keep me occupied for a good long while too.

3 posted on 07/03/2012 9:38:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Te贸filo

balderdash


4 posted on 07/03/2012 9:38:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Te贸filo

What about the “zombie-dogma” that Peter was the first pope?


5 posted on 07/03/2012 9:39:11 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Iscool
Just in case you decide to come over to the right side.
BTW I still have that CD from Tim Staples about how Jimmy Swaggert made him Catholic
6 posted on 07/03/2012 9:43:30 AM PDT by verga (Every single cult leader believes in home schooling....Think about it.)
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To: Te贸filo

I dunno. Sola Scriptura sounds foreign.


7 posted on 07/03/2012 9:44:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: muawiyah

So who gets to determine which parts of the Bible aren’t correct or sufficient?

Does that change on Monday vs Friday night?


8 posted on 07/03/2012 9:44:06 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: beethovenfan
What about the “zombie-dogma” that Peter was the first pope?

Not only that, but the RCC cult was founded on a lie. If you read the original Greek and Hebrew you will see that Jesus did not say He would found His Church on Peter. What He said was that He would found His Church on Peter's confession that Jesus was the Son of God. Why would Jesus found His Church on a sinner?

9 posted on 07/03/2012 9:44:49 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: muawiyah

Well, if we abandon it, it means we need to return to stoning false prophets.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 9:45:52 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SVTCobra03
"Why would Jesus found His Church on a sinner?"

An excellent point.
11 posted on 07/03/2012 9:46:36 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: beethovenfan

—What about the “zombie-dogma” that Peter was the first pope?—

Or that Mary, like Jesus, was without sin? Or that Mary NEVER had sex with Joseph?


12 posted on 07/03/2012 9:47:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: muawiyah

You can’t use the authority of the Bible to disprove the Bible’s authority. Definitely a logical failure.


13 posted on 07/03/2012 9:49:28 AM PDT by refreshed
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To: Te贸filo

I can’t remember-

Which commandment was it again that said “Thou shalt create a huge bureacracy, and fill it with paperwork and rules, that thou shalt feverishly argue upon, in my name.”


14 posted on 07/03/2012 9:51:10 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: muawiyah; driftdiver; beethovenfan; cuban leaf

Don’t believe me? Read the book. :-)


15 posted on 07/03/2012 9:51:44 AM PDT by Te骹ilo (Visit Vivificat! - http://www.vivificat.org - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary and Opinion)
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To: muawiyah

LOL! Too obvious I guess.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 9:52:51 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Te贸filo

Who needs the Bible when I can get “God told me...” from those like Pat Robertson.


17 posted on 07/03/2012 9:59:27 AM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: Te贸filo

I was referring to the book, not you. Don’t need to read the book.


18 posted on 07/03/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Te贸filo

Teofilo, haven’t heard from you in ages. How’s it going, FRiend?

Good point up above. Why use biblical arguments to counter the doctrine of “Settle theological debates with Scripture (Sola Scriptura)”?

I read it as “Use the words of Prophets/Apostles to settle theological disputes”.


19 posted on 07/03/2012 10:05:19 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: cuban leaf
Well, if we abandon it, it means we need to return to stoning false prophets.

im not seeing the down side here. there would be a lot less false prophets. on the other hand, legitimate prophets generally met with unpleasant ends also
20 posted on 07/03/2012 10:16:23 AM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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