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Discerning the MysteryAn Essay on the Nature of Theology$
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Andrew Louth

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198261964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261964.001.0001

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Tradition and the Tacit

Tradition and the Tacit

(p.73) IV. Tradition and the Tacit
Discerning the Mystery


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This chapter presents an essay on the conflict between Catholics and Protestants concerning the use of tradition to support theological positions that cannot be proved from the Scripture. It explores some of the dimensions and implications of the understanding of tradition found in the Church Fathers and analyses the pattern of theological understanding that emerged from their attitude towards tradition. It suggests that despite the opposing positions of the Catholics and Protestants, both groups consider tradition as something comparable with the Scripture, either complementing it or a rival to it.

Keywords:   tradition, Catholics, Protestants, Scripture, theology, Church Fathers, religious history

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