Skip to comments.Book Review: 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura
Posted on 07/03/2012 9:31:36 AM PDT by Teófilo
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 dont 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.
Lets 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. Its 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 Daves work? This is a senseless question because the zombie is already dead. Its 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 Armstrongs 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.
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.
What about the “zombie-dogma” that Peter was the first pope?
I dunno. Sola Scriptura sounds foreign.
So who gets to determine which parts of the Bible aren’t correct or sufficient?
Does that change on Monday vs Friday night?
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?
Well, if we abandon it, it means we need to return to stoning false prophets.
—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?
You can’t use the authority of the Bible to disprove the Bible’s authority. Definitely a logical failure.
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.”
Don’t believe me? Read the book. :-)
LOL! Too obvious I guess.
Who needs the Bible when I can get “God told me...” from those like Pat Robertson.
I was referring to the book, not you. Don’t need to read the book.
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”.
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