The Issue of Authority in Eastern Orthodox Tradition: A Protestant View
What is the nature of Tradition? Does it have a textual basis? Who has the right to express and explain it, applying Tradition to the settling of many issues of church life? How practical is their reasoning? These are a few of the questions raised in the article. By examining the works of recognized Orthodox theologians and presenting to them critical questions connected with the actual embodiment of theological discourse concerning Tradition in the church life of Orthodox Christians, we hope to understand more deeply the basis of our own traditional Protestant faith, which is rooted completely in the study of Holy Scripture.
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