Contra Sola Scriptura (part 4)

[To understand what this blog is, read this first.]

Mom and [sister #1],

Hopefully you two are getting back in the groove in the New Year.  I’m clearing out the weeds at work, and [my wife’s] mom has been taking the girls one by one for a day, which has made for a very quiet week so far.  How nice!  That makes it easier to emerge back into work slowly, though maybe it’s better to go in full speed, like diving into a pool.  I don’t know for sure.

Anyway, I happened to notice a new blog post that is a continuation of a series that I have previously mentioned in regards to Sola Scriptura that I wanted to pass on.  As if the discussion wasn’t already long enough, I’m going to throw out this quite long blog post.  Digest as you have time.  The writer digs into some areas of history I’ve not peered into previously, but I thought it was a good discussion.  The author is a church history major.  The post might be a bit bracing at times, but makes interesting points.  The author takes a ride through history from the Reformation to modern day America, tracing the development of Protestantism.  Covering such a large period of time can always bear the danger of over-simplifying, but it does allow one to get a broad view of the flow of history.  I think it is useful.

http://orthodoxbridge.com/?p=451

I’m hoping to talk to [sister #2] very soon about all this.  I’m praying that she will be as kind and receptive as you two have been.  I do appreciate how willingly you are allowing me to bounce ideas off you.  You may not agree, but you are being very gracious about it.  Thanks!

Mark

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Contra Sola Scriptura (part 4)

Post-vacation

I’ve been quiet during vacation.  I didn’t write to my family, so I have nothing long to share here, but I did finally have a good long talk to my oldest sister on the subject of Orthodoxy.  She was very receptive.  Again, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well everyone is taking this.  Of course, there’s always the next storm on the horizon.  I will be talking with my second sister very soon.

I’m looking at a book called Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism, by Dr. Daniel Williams (http://www.amazon.com/Retrieving-Tradition-Renewing-Evangelicalism-Protestants/dp/0802846688/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325688897&sr=8-1) as a possible recommendation to my family.  It’s not written by an Orthodox Christian, or from an Orthodox perspective, but I think it has the right angle to help them see the value of the Christian historic tradition, and being written by a Protestant may be easier to accept.  I have to read through the book myself, but I have high hopes.

I hope to begin writing something new soon.

Mark

Post-vacation