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Scripture and Tradition:
Lutherans and Catholics in Dialogue IX

by J. Francis Stafford, Harold C. Skillrud

ISBN 0806627115 / 9780806627113 / 0-8066-2711-5
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Pub
Language English
Edition Softcover
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"Our discussions have shown a large measure of agreement and some remaining differences of doctrine or emphasis. We note these significant points of agreement: Holy Scripture has preeminent status as the Word of God, committed to writing in an unalterable manner. Before the Old and New Testaments existed in written form, the World of God was carried by tradition. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit Scripture gives rise to the oral proclamation of law and gospel. The preeminent status of Scripture does not exclude the function of a teaching office or the legitimacy of doctrinal traditions that protect and promote the reliance of the faithful on the gospel massage of Christ and grace alone. There are no historically verifiable apostolic traditions that are not attested in some way by Scripture. Not all true doctrine needs to be simply and literally present in the Bible, but may be deduced from it. The teaching of doctrine in the church is never above the Word of God, but must serve that Word and be in conformity with it" [via]