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Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism : A Primer for Suspicious Protestants :  A Primer for Suspicious Protestants - Daniel Day Williams

Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism : A Primer for Suspicious Protestants

A Primer for Suspicious Protestants

Paperback Published: October 1999
ISBN: 9780802846686
Number Of Pages: 243

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This innovative work urges the reappropriation of the patristic roots of the Christian faith by Protestants who remain today largely suspicious of church history and the relationship between Scripture and tradition.

According to Daniel Williams, if Evangelical and Free Church communions are to halt their slide into a historicalism, spiritual subjectivism, and accommodation to Western cultural influences, they must reaffirm Christianity's truly "catholic" tradition, based on the apostolic sources.

Williams's work seeks to clear the ground for this to take place, demonstrating that the patristic church cannot be divided from an orthodox understanding of the Bible and that Scripture and tradition are historically related. He also shows that if contemporary evangelicalism is to be doctrinally orthodox and exegetically faithful to the apostolic teaching, it cannot appeal to the Bible alone or to the personal enabling of the Holy Spirit, however central these are, but it must also reclaim the interpretive tradition of the early church.

Based on solid historical and theological scholarship, this volume shows that embracing the catholic roots of the faith does not lead to the loss of the distinctiveness of Protestants but, in fact, is essential today for preserving the traditional Christian vision of the world.

Prologuep. 1
Rediscovering the Church's Traditionp. 9
The Earliest Formation of the Christian Traditionp. 41
Defining and Defending the Traditionp. 71
The Corruption of the Church and Its Traditionp. 101
Tradition through Church Councils and Creedsp. 133
Scripture and Tradition in the Reformationp. 173
Epilogue: The Way of Defining Christian Faithfulnessp. 205
Why All Christians Are Catholicsp. 221
Sola Scriptura in the Early Churchp. 229
Index of Premodern Authorsp. 235
Index of Modern Authorsp. 237
Index of Subjectsp. 241
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ISBN: 9780802846686
ISBN-10: 0802846688
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: October 1999
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36