Sola Scriptura, Etc.: Younger Evangelicals, Emergents, and Additional Sources of Authority

Monday, 01 Nov 2010

With modernism disappearing in the rear-view mirror, a postmodern embrace of mystery is now possible. No longer is a cold, scientific explanation needed for belief in the supernatural. What exists now is an emerging world in which mystery gains firmer traction.
Quo warranto: "By what authority?" Posed to Jesus in Mark 11:28, this question became the driving impetus of the Protestant Reformation. By what authority should theology, spirituality, and ministry be judged? For nearly half a millennium, Protestants have answered this question by declaring sola scriptura. From Puritan pulpits in Britain to "Big Tent" revivals in America, "by Scripture alone" became a banner cry for those rallying behind the Protestant and eventually evangelical movement. Today, new generations of Christians are asking the same questionÂ?by ...

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