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Should We Dispense with Sola Scriptura? Scripture, Tradition and Postmodern Theology

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This essay deals with Kevin Vanhoozer's warning that the central attention that sola scriptura had once enjoyed is being paid instead to a sola traditio principle in postmodern theology. It argues that the emphasis on tradition does not necessitate a dispensation with sola scriptura. It points to Martin Luther's and Friedrich Scheliermacher's understanding of the role of Scripture in faith, and to Hans-George Gadamer's hermeneutic understanding of tradition, to show that the original content of sola scriptura proves its principal value for today's interest in the tradition(s) of performance in the church. Sola scriptura both takes the text and its enactment into consideration and postulates that neither Scripture nor tradition alone work as a criterion for doing theology.
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Keywords: Gadamer; Luther; Schleiermacher; Sola Scriptura; performance; tradition

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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