Ep. 13: What Do We Mean By "Scripture Alone"?
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A reading of the essay "What Do We Mean By Sola Scriptura?" by W. Robert Godfrey, which focuses on explaining some key features of the Protestant principle or doctrine of Sola Scriptura (that is, Scripture Alone). Godfrey defines the principle, discusses several Bible passages that teach it, and answers 4 basic objections.


00:00 Start

00:32 Episode description Article read: https://reformedlibertarians.com/mean-by-sola-scriptura-robert-godfrey/ It appears as the first chapter in the book Sola Scriptura : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1567693334?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

02:07 Introduction Sola Scriptura is one of the two main issues that separates Protestants from non-Protestants, along with Sola Fide (that is, justification by faith alone). Book mentioned Justification By Faith ALONE : https://www.amazon.com/dp/187761193X?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

04:30 Definition and some passages that teach it "Scripture alone is our ultimate religious authority [ie, infallible rule]... [and] all things necessary for salvation, concerning faith and life, are taught in the Bible clearly enough for the ordinary believer to find it there and understand."

 For a more elaborate statement see the Westminster Confession of Faith  chapter 1 : https://opc.org/wcf.html#Chapter_01 20.2 : https://opc.org/wcf.html#Chapter_20 21.1 : https://opc.org/wcf.html#Chapter_21 and 31.2-3 : https://opc.org/wcf.html#Chapter_31

14:44 The sufficiency of the Bible as God's Word

15:37 Different senses of the term "tradition"

19:16 Tradition vs. the Bible

21:43 Tradition vs. Tradition

24:44 Recognition of the "canon", or the specific writings that constitute the Bible Book mentioned The Structure of Biblical Authority by Meredith G. Kline : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579100694?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

33:03 Unity in the interpretation of the Bible

Additional Resources

 WSCal Office Hours podcast, with Bob Godfrey on Sola Scriptura (26 minutes) https://wscal.edu/resource-center/whats-in-a-name-sola-scriptura

 Why God Gave Us A Book, booklet by Gene Edward Veith : https://www.amazon.com/dp/159638378X?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

 What Is The Bible?, booklet by Guy Prentiss Waters : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1596387114?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

 Scripture Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine, by R.C. Sproul : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1596389540?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

 Zondervan 5 Solas Series : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KG9V455?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

 Zaspel's summaries of 5 Zondervan books included in this course on the Five Solas from the Gospel Coalition : https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/course/the-five-solas/

 The Cambridge Declaration : https://www.alliancenet.org/cambridge-declaration

 More resources on the Five Solas : https://www.monergism.com/search?keywords=five%20solas

 Just And Sinner Podcast with Jordan Cooper discussing Martin Chemnitz on Sola Scriptura and Tradition Part 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kisWf3I528U Part 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxN4WxFOhYg Part 3 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7s6TVAKQNk

 On the canon, also see  Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures, by Herman Ridderbos : https://www.amazon.com/dp/0875524168?tag=kerrybaldwin-20  Canon Revisited, by Michael J. Kruger : https://www.amazon.com/dp/1433505002?tag=kerrybaldwin-20  The Question of Canon, by Michael J. Kruger : https://www.amazon.com/dp/0830840311?tag=kerrybaldwin-20

See also several videos from Truth Unites with Gavin Ortlund  Sola Scriptura Defended : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlF57ewhXAI  Response To Critics Of Sola Scriptura : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdIYoXQGYmw  Augustine Affirmed Sola Scriptura : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6ZAa0gNMvE  More On Augustine And Sola Scriptura : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTPHSv5Rtc Review of Sola Scriptura Debate : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-O18bhDPGc

The Reformed Libertarians Podcast is a project of the Libertarian Christian Institute: https://libertarianchristians.com and a member of the Christians for Liberty Network: https://christiansforliberty.net

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