by PAUL WELLS in Vol. 3 No. 2 / Oct 2017

The celebration of Luther’s Reformation this year brings up once again the question of sola Scriptura, and in particular the problem of the role of tradition.

We tend to think that tradition is the hunting estate of the Roman Catholic Church. However, Benjamin B. Warfield reminded us that outside the Reformed faith, with its coherent doctrine of revelation and inspiration, we fall into the snares of either mysticism or rationalism. We still face both today. The tradition of the Roman Church tends towards mysticism, saints, and the numinously miraculous, while the tradition of Enlightenment humanism is all around us in rationalism in its postmodern forms, self-evident scientific truths, and politically correct liberalism with its dogmas of tolerance and social constructionism.


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