Monday, November 27, 2006

By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition

After finishing The Science Before Science and then enjoying Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, I was finally able to read this book by Mark Shea, which I have been looking forward to. What I loved about it was the logical progression of thought flowing from the overall and primary question which is often thoughtlessly assumed in the affirmative by many protestants, is scripture sufficient? With this one question, the reader is taken down many avenues of necessarily related sub-questions. Where did we get the Bible from, anyway? Could the Biblical canon itself be from Tradition? Can the scriptures themselves tell us which books belong in the Bible? (Is there a self-attesting canon?) Is all tradition necessarily the tradition of men? Are there examples of tradition used in the bible? Do evangelicals use tradition? Did the Church come from the Bible, or did the Bible come from the Church? Does extra-biblical necessarily mean anti-biblical? And finally, can one accept the authority of that Tradition with regard to the canon while rejecting it with regard to everything else? These questions are answered logically and concisely in this easy to read book (I read it in one day, nearly in one sitting.) I would love to have read this during my conversion, as it tackles all the necessary questions in one easily accessible place, I certainly recommend it. Buy it directly from Mark Shea, and you can even get an autographed copy like I did!


Kasia said...

I love this book. It's one of the most helpful books I've read so far in my toes-in-the-Tiber experience. (And I, too, have an autographed copy! Hee!)

I just got my early Christmas present of the 3-CD set with the Mary talk, and am really champing at the bit to listen to it!

Stephanie said...

Ooh, how cool!

Tiber Jumper said...

Hey Steph!
We must be on the same wave length!
Have you read my recent ramblings?
I have tried to use object lessons to make my point regarding the fallacy of sola scriptura by juxtaposing the Koran with the Bible. See what you think,
thanks I will need to get Mark's book.

Stephanie said...

So I see, TJ! Very interesting posts!