Scripture, Tradition and Reason


Here are some ideas about how these three things fit together. There are others though. It’s also worth saying that some traditions include experience as a fourth aspect. The only reason I don’t here is because 4 way venn diagrams are a stretch too far for my design capabilities.



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7 responses to “Scripture, Tradition and Reason

  1. Reblogged this on Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin and commented:
    Interesting . Creationists and fundamentalists basically ignore tradition and reason and are oblivious that they use their own tradition (going back to Henry Morris) and Reason (according to the dictates of Ken Ham). Further the bible is not the stopping place as it only shows who Jesus is. Thus a Christian should believe in Jesus not the bible

  2. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
    I agree with Reverend Roberts’ comment. I emphasize, we are Christians, followers of Christ. We must follow Jesus and not set the scriptures up as an idol. Reason is such an important factor in Christian belief that our Lord added it when he quoted the “Shema Yisrael”.

  3. I’m not sure if the above comments are in response to this diagram or another conversation altogether, but it’s worth saying that even Barth, who has a very high view of scripture, would agree that the word of God is Jesus Christ, and would say that the Bible is the word of God inasmuch as it bears witness to Jesus.

  4. Michael

    Is reason an independent source of knowledge? Or the tool we use to pursue it? And if it’s the latter, can anything really be outside reason?

  5. I shared your wonderful diagram with friends, and an agnostic pointed out to me that Eccles Cakes are made with currants, not raisins. The intersection of Tradition and Raisins could be more fruit-cakey.

    • Legitimate point. There is a problem with fruit cake as there are several OT references to a ‘cake of raisins’ though I’d have to check whether that’s a good translation or not. It highlights a really interesting hermeneutical issue, namely that we often thing that things are raisins that actually turn out to be currants or sultanas. Raisins, like reason, are elusive.

  6. Sam

    Your ‘this is of no help’ section helped me enormously! I feel 100% better since seeing it. 🙂

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