Back to Beckwith…

Bangs head on desk.

We are not relying on the authority of private interpretation but upon the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Give thou me a break. The author really doesn’t get it. The crux of the Catholic critique of the Reformation is that “ministry of the Holy Spirit” inevitably devolves to private interpretation. There is no third option.


3 Responses to “Back to Beckwith…”

  1. 1 Richard Barrett May 17, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    “Whereas Liccione and other Roman Catholics see the divide as consisting between ecclesiastical and individual authority, Reformed theology sees a divide between church authority and the authority of the Holy Spirit.”

    Except that there is no church authority except that granted by the Holy Spirit. That’s the whole point. This is a false dichotomy.


  2. 2 Edmund C. May 18, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Excellent point, Richard.

    I’ve been pondering more about this as I browse around Google this morning (I’m still morbidly fascinated by the reaction to Dr. Beckwith).

    The real question is: to whom has the Holy Spirit spoken or granted authority? Reformed theology, as I understand it, dictates that the Holy Spirit speaks through Scripture to individuals and their churches/denominations. But a house divided against itself cannot stand, and there are any number of differing interpretations said to be from the Holy Spirit. Either only one of them is correct, or none of them are.

    Our solution, both Orthodox and Catholic, is the traditional view of the visible Church and Apostolic Succession.

  3. 3 Bekah May 18, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    If the Holy Spirit leaves each solitary believer to The Truth, why are their so many divisions in doctrine? Does He or does He not grant us each the Full Truth?

    Evidence clearly speaks that He doesn’t lead exactly this way.

    But we know through Scripture that He leads.

    So the committed Christian needs to discover in what way does He lead? Scripture, history, all point to the same thing.

    Is it enough to just believe? Believe what? That is the question upon which there is no consensus among those outside the Catholic Church. Who and how is it decided what is minimally necessary (leaving aside the question about minimalizing the faith) to call oneself a Christian?

    In fact, there is Biblical precedent upon which to base our answer. The apostles faced this same question, and solved it by calling a counsel. Following that precedent, through history, we arrive squarely in the Catholic Church today.

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