Sunday, February 26, 2017

Is Sola Scriptura Based On Circular Reasoning?

  • Introduction:
          -Opponents of Sola Scriptura sometimes charge that this teaching is based on circular reasoning. But this objection would hold water only if adherents of the position argue that belief in the divine inspiration of Scripture solely on the basis of what Scripture says about itself.
  • Sola Scriptura Is Not Circular Reasoning Because Outside Sources Attest To The Inspiration Of Scripture. It Has Also "Proven Itself" To Be True:
          -Excellent moral teaching/life transforming power of Scripture
          -Incredible manuscript evidence for the authenticity of New Testament Scriptures
          -Consistency with world history/archaeological discoveries
          -Scripture's fulfillment of prophecy points to its supernatural origin
  • Circular Reasoning To A Degree Is Somewhat Inevitable In Our Lives:
          -Some degree of circularity will always exist in the operational processes of any system that functions on a final stopping point or ultimate source of authority, whether it be Catholic, Protestant, or Secular. Infinite regress is logically impossible.
  • Accepting The Inspiration Of Scripture:
          -If we can prove the infallibility of an authoritative source (the Bible), then it follows from the premise of that statement that everything set forth by that particular guide must also be true.
          -The charge of Sola Scriptura being circular reasoning would be valid if, and only if, we asserted that the Bible was true because it told us so. However, Sola Scriptura is not a denial of the usefulness of extra-biblical sources. Scripture alone is infallible. It does not mean we cannot consult material outside of Bible.

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