Essay about What Role Does Tradition Play Within Theology?

992 Words Nov 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Tradition is woven into the very fabric of humanity. Every family, nation and society has traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. Even within the church, there are traditions that have been passed down through the centuries. However, the big question becomes: What role does tradition play within theology? The Catholic Church has equated tradition’s authority with Scripture; and great thinkers like John Meyendorff and Don Thorsen affirm tradition, yet lessen its authority to fall under Scripture. Specifically, Meyendorff proposes a living tradition that adjusts in each era in order to speak to the culture without the altering Scripture. Similarly, Thorsen is a proponent of Scripture’s ultimate authority, and adds tradition, reason and experience to influence theology as well. Therefore, in light of the divide between tradition’s influences on theology, there are many similarities and differences among traditions role within theology. Ultimately, it comes down to a balance of authority, traditions battle with heresy and the importance of contextualization of Scripture. First of all, for 1500 years the church processed theology through tradition and many insist and affirm to this day, that the Scriptures came the church through tradition passed down from the Apostles, first orally and then in written form.1 In fact the Catholic Catechism states, “Through Tradition, the Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every…

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