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Infallibility, canon & private judgment

Why appealing to infallible tradition gets you nowhere at all.

Traditionalists like Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox are prone to say that Protestants can’t bootstrap the infallibility of Scripture, because they are forced to fall back on their fallible private judgment in not only interpreting, but even knowing the contents of, the Bible.

This claim is sort of their coup d’├ętat; if it fails they really have nothing. So it’s odd that they remain steadfastly oblivious to how the same issues consistently beset their “solution”:

In short, the Traditionalist view doesn’t merely push the problem back a step; it actually exacerbates it.

3 comments

  1. Andrew Duncanson

    Interesting, I thought that all the Roman Catholic ecumenical councils were “officially” infallible – is Trent unique in that regard? How else could Vatican I promulgate Papal Infallibility if the council itself wasn’t infallible?

  2. DaBudaMasta

    Could one sees Papal Infallibility as a means to legitimized the authority of the Roman Catholic Church to have the theological powers vested by God? And therefore the one and only true authority on earth to dispense God’s will. A rather circular argument for that matter.

  3. Dominic Bnonn Tennant

    Andrew, from the discussions I’ve had, even if ecumenical councils are infallible, determining which councils qualify is still an issue.

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