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Tradition in Catholic Thought

- An Introduction to the Catholic Understanding of Tradition, and its Role in the Christian Faith

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(Last Updated:  07 Oct 2000 )

Tradition, that which has been handed down to us, plays a big role in the Catholic understanding of the Christian faith.
A substantial part of this article is based on the excellent essay by Mark Shea, 'What is the Relationship between Scripture and Tradition', in Robert Sungenis et al's book Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura.  Shea's essay is, in my opinion, one of the highlights of an excellent book, and follows on nicely from his earlier book, By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition.
This article attempts to give an overview of the Catholic understanding of Tradition.



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