Monday, March 30, 2009

The Doctrinal Seed of Scripture

That's the title of a thoughtful entry at Called to Communion. Authored by Tom Riello, here's how it begins:

Many Protestants object to the Church’s teaching on a variety of matters, not least of which is her teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary, by saying, “Where do you find that in the Bible?” As has been noted by many others, Protestants included, doctrine and practice are not usually defined on the basis of a “smoking gun verse.” The practice of infant baptism is one such example. There is no verse that reads, “baptize your infants,” but that does not mean that the practice of infant baptism is unbiblical. Rather, much of doctrine is defined by the texture and trajectory of the Scriptural data; in short, development of doctrine is necessary.

You can read the rest here.

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