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Sola Scriptura and Tradition: Friends or Foes?

May 14th, 2018 | 14 min read

By Matthew Emerson

By Matthew Emerson

There are some colloquial ways that evangelicals of all stripes talk about doing theology. Phrases like, “give me chapter and verse,” “the Bible says it so I believe it,” and “the Bible tells me so” abound in popular doctrinal piety. At their best, these statements reflect an ingrained commitment to sola scriptura, an everyday way of expressing the fact that we will not believe anything that is not found in Holy Scripture. This is a praiseworthy commitment that all evangelicals should affirm – evangelicals should believe and confess only what is taught in the Bible.

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