24.7.09

The Inspiration of Scripture

Protestants have always recognised the tragic development of Roman theology since the juxtaposition of Scripture and Tradition by Trent in 1546. Have they realized, however, the corresponding tragedy that has overtaken the Churches of the Reformation? Do we perhaps behold the mote in our brother's eye but do not consider the beam in our own? That the mariological doctrines, which (as many Catholics expect) may some day be followed by the definition of the dogma of Mary as the co-redeemer and mediatrix of all graces, are not only unbiblical but also interfere with Christ's honour as the only mediator is certainly true. But why, in 1950, was the protest against the dogma of the Assumption so unimpressive? Why do our modern Protestant criticisms of Rome all lack the authority which characterised the doctrinal statements of our fathers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? The answer is clear enough.

From The Inspiration of Holy Scripture, an article published in the American Evangelical magazine Christianity Today, March 16, 1962.

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