Monday, July 3, 2017

The Importance of the Creeds and Catholicity

The Importance of the Creeds and Catholicity

What is the best way to understand and live out the Protestant affirmation of the authority of Scripture (sola scriptura) and the priesthood of all believers? How can these affirmations shape us to be faithful disciples and congregations of Jesus Christ? Is the principle of sola scriptura inescapably divisive in the church? What about the Protestant affirmation of the priesthood of all believers – does it inevitably lead to every Christian being their own church of one?

The third and final talk given by Professor Kevin Vanhoozer at the 3rd Theology Conference of the Fellowship Community in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) explores these questions and more. In “The Church as Communion of the Saints: The Importance of Catholicity for Sola Scriptura,” Vanhoozer offers understandings of sola scriptura and the priesthood of all believers that highlight their importance for our life together in Jesus Christ. In this year of observance of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, Vanhoozer affirms basic Protestant commitments while also calling us to a catholic commitment to share in a common conversation with all followers of Jesus Christ about Scripture and what it calls us to do and believe.


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