Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Tradition thus includes, but is also wider than, the truths enumerated in magisterial promulgations".

Dialogos Institute
"If theology is not to be reduced to religious studies or even intellectual self-abuse, we must aim to embrace the Word of God as it has revealed itself and proclaim what we have first received (e.g. 1 Cor. 15:1-11)."

"To the extent that what the church means in her profession of Christ's descent has not been sufficiently defined, if we are to proclaim what we have received, we must look to sacred tradition and profess, examine, defend and develop what it reveals."

     Alyssa Lyra Pitstick in response to Paul J. Griffiths, "Is there a doctrine of the descent into hell?" Pro ecclesia 17, no. 3 (Summer 2008):  257-268, in "Response to Webster and Lauber," Scottish journal of theology 62, no. 2 (2009):  211, 215-216 (211-216).  By "sacred tradition" Pitstick means, in this case, "expressions of faith other than definitions (liturgy, art, the consensus of theologians, etc.)" (215).

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