Response to Michael Horton

Response to Michael Horton — Are Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Compatible?   NO   In this blog posting I will be responding to Pastor Michael Horton’s chapter in Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism “Are Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism Compatible?   NO.” Pastor Michael Horton is a prominent leader among Reformed Christians.  His position is that Eastern Orthodoxy and the Reformed faith are incompatible. Horton divides his essay into two parts: Range of…

Contra Sola Scriptura (Part 4 of 4)

Protestantism’s Fatal Genetic Flaw:  Sola Scriptura and Protestantism’s Hermeneutical Chaos   During the 1960s a book Double Helix came out that described Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure that made up DNA.  This was a landmark discovery for it enabled scientists to understand how living organisms were able to replicate themselves from generation to generation.  DNA functioned as a unique blueprint for each human being: a set…

Response to Robin Phillips’ “Questions About Sola Scriptura”

On April 29, 2011, Robin Phillips posted: “Questions About Sola Scriptura” on his blog: Robin’s Readings and Reflections.  What is so striking about Phillips’ comments is that he brings to light the internal inconsistencies within sola scriptura.  This presents an opportunity to show that Orthodoxy provides a more coherent and compelling alternative.  I would like to thank him for inviting me to respond to his blog posting.   Synopsis of Robin Phillips’…

Contra Sola Scriptura (Part 3 of 4)

Where Does Sola Scriptura Come From? The Humanist Origins of the Protestant Reformation   Evangelicalism is facing a crisis as growing numbers of Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy.  One reason is the crisis of sola scriptura — Scripture alone.  Scott Hahn, a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and later a professor at a small Presbyterian seminary, tells the story how he was floored by the question: “Professor, where does the…

Contra Sola Scriptura (Part 2 of 4)

IF NOT SOLA SCRIPTURA THEN WHAT? The Biblical Basis for Holy Tradition Note: This posting is based upon a paper I wrote in 2001.  It was written to a broad audience: conservative Protestants and Evangelicals.  All Scripture citations are from the NIV, unless noted otherwise. Sola scriptura “the Bible alone” — one of the foundational tenets of Protestantism — is undergoing serious challenge in recent times as growing numbers of Evangelicals abandon this…

Contra Sola Scriptura (1 of 4)

Book Review: The Shape of Sola Scriptura. By Keith A. Mathison.  (2001) Keith Mathison’s book The Shape of Sola Scriptura is an apologia for the classic Protestant dogma of sola scriptura (the Bible alone).  The book is timely because in recent years a growing number of Protestants have become Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.  Many of these former Protestants left because of a theological crisis, including the loss of confidence in sola…