Differences between the Reformed and Eastern Orthodox Churches
TRADITION IN THE CHURCH
Inheriting the theological arguments of the Conciliar Movements of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Reformation brought something unique to the table. Reformation churches developed a nuanced vision of tradition and authority. Tradition and the church’s authority took a ministerial (i.e., dependent and secondary) role to Scripture. They made a qualitative distinction between Scripture and tradition. Scripture cannot err, while tradition, councils, and bishops have done so and continue to do so.
This does not mean the Reformation dismissed tradition. In fact, many Reformed ...