July 2019 edition of Faith Journey.  
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Contemplating Tradition

Those of you who have had anything to do with Christian faith communities, other than those of the Catholic and the Orthodox, will know that a significant bone of contention amongst the various Christian denominations is the role of something referred to as ‘Tradition’. Put simply, Tradition (the capital ‘T’ is deliberate) refers to those teachings of the Apostles passed on to the Church that, while in keeping with Scriptural sources, may not be explicitly developed there. 

This can seem odd (and even diabolical) to those who believe that the only source of truth is Scripture. So, in the interests of mutual understanding and learning something new, let’s work our way through it as much as we possibly can in this brief space. Read more

“To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.”

― John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845)

Newman’s often quoted maxim is not intended to be a “rule” that Protestants who become well-versed in Church history will automatically enter the Catholic Church. It is rather a general observation that Church history argues against the Protestant “Scripture alone” perspective. Many Protestants who study history deeply often come to realise that the Catholic Church contains the "fullness" of the faith, both Scripture and Tradition. Read more

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