Why did it take so long for the early Christians to produce the canon of Scripture? In this episode, we continue our discussion about this objection to Christian truth claims.
Some critics of Christianity have raised the objection that because it took early Christians so long to create a canon of Scripture, rational people should not pay any attention to Christian truth claims. Since Christians were unable to decide from themselves what exactly the Scriptures were for so long, these critics reason, why should anyone bother to give Christian truth claims any attention?
In this episode, I explain why this type of objection is not applicable to Catholic Christianity. Catholicism does not accept the Protestant teaching of sola scriptura (i.e., scripture alone) as the sole infallible authority for determining what the Church believes (faith) and how the Church behaves (morals).
Instead, we explore some of the early structures of authority within early Christianity. From the authority of the liturgy to living voice of the magisterium, we discuss the various means early Christians used to address the life questions.
Please join me this week as we discuss the relationship between the history of the canon and the various structures of authority within the church.
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