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Scripture Alone? 21 Reasons to Reject "Sola Scriptura" [Paperback]

By Joel Peters (Author)
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Here are the classic reasons why the Protestant dogma of Sola Scriptura - \"Scripture Alone\" - is absolutely wrong, is unscriptural, man-made and prevents Protestants from ever having a firm doctrinal foundation. The book shows that: Christ gave us Tradition and the teaching authority of His Church; the first Christians did not have a complete Bible and Scripture itself states that it is insufficient of itself calling the Church and not the Bible \"the pillar and ground of the truth. 72 pgs, PB

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Studio: Saint Benedict Press W/Tan Books and Publishe
Pages   72
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.02" Width: 3.76" Height: 0.23"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895556405  
ISBN13  9780895556400  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joel Peters is an author and high school theology teacher at St. Joseph Regional in Montvale, New Jersey. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, as well as an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Seton Hall University. His various articles have been published in This Rock magazine, and he has been involved in many forms of parish and youth ministry over the years. Mr. Peters personal interests include the Shroud of Turin, study of cults, and apologetics. His concise yet informative Scripture Alone?, which illustrates the man-made error of the Protestant idea of Sola Scriptura, was published in 1999. Joel is married and a father of three.

Joel Peters has an academic affiliation as follows - Virginia Tech University, USA.

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Jesus said 'No one comes to the Father BUT BY ME!!'  Apr 28, 2007
So with that in mind--the words of Christ Himself WHY would we need the 'mother church' to show us the way?? Jesus said 'Come to ME, ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest' so why do I need someone ELSE to give me forgivness and absolution. And WHY would the traditions OF MAN supercede GOD?? This is an attack not on the protestant faith but against God Himself. God gave us all we needed to know in the Holy Scriptures--He inspired it and breathed life into it and then gave us the Holy Spirit to indwell and help us understand and use what we learn when we read it faithfully. If you want to follow GOD's traditions then you should be holding to the Jewish festivals that celebrate God alone--not the ones that MAN made up in the confines of the Catholic church.
Who is in charge--man or God? If you think that man and his traditions should take the place of sound Bible teaching.... then you have chosen poorly. There is a place for traditions--in CULTURE-- NOT the church. The true church is the one that follows what GOD said. And ONLY what He said.
Killer  Jan 30, 2007
Never before have I seen such a concise and thorough dismantling of the Protestant-era doctrine of Sola Scriptura. The clarity of writing and irrefutable logic employed easily makes this booklet my first choice on this topic. What's more, it's perfectly charitable.

Once you read it, you'll want to buy hundreds of them to share. I also like Mr. Peter's replies to distractor posts here.
...AFTER JUST ONE LOOK one look at the title I see that the intent of it obviously is to encourage/promote and create doubt in the readers mind concerning God's Word's infallibility! "Every Word of God is pure...Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar[!]." The Catholic Church is alluring 100's of millions into an eternal burning hell with their false doctrine(s)! "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [according to the Scriptures] and thou shalt be saved! 1 Cor. 15, 11 Tim. 3:15-17, 2:15, John 3 Romans 10:9-12
Better Off Elsewhere  May 22, 2006
The role of tradition in the Church is a thorny issue and easy answers are usually wrong. This is the crux of the problem with Catholic apologist Joel Peters' little booklet Scripture Alone. In attempting to reduce a complex problem into a simple one and scoring a slam dunk for the Roman position, he merely scores a victory over a position, while common enough in the more theologically simplistic streams of contemporary Evangelicalism, far different from that of Luther, Calvin, and the Anglican Reformers. Thus rather than proving the truth of the case for an infallible tradition, Peters merely attacks a contemporary caricature.

As mentioned, some contemporary Protestants do hold the view Peters attacks. They have not only had their views subjected to criticism by apologists from the Catholic and other historic churches, but by Protestant apologists as well. For example, Keith Mathison has derisively referred to their view as "solo scriptura." However, thw "me and my Bible" outlook was not the traditional Protestans position. Sola scriptura does not assert that Holy Scripture is the only authority - it states it is the only infalible authority and the final authority. That is, all tradition is to be judged in light of Scripture.

This is not Peters' only problem. A significant portion of the booklet - consisting of an exposition of 21 reasons why sola scriptura is wrong - is taken up by issues that logically have no bearing on the issue. For example, the fact that the first Christians did not have a Bible does not mean the Bible, once completed, was not sufficient in all doctrine. Similarly, Martin Luther's alleged emotional problems does not rule out his being correct on this issue. Such an ad hominem attack fail to add any substance to Peters' thesis.

Peters does far better when he sticks to discussing the interaction between Holy Scripture and the Church. He gives a good basic outline of why the "me and my Bible" version of sola scriptura fails at an introductory level. However, despite this one area of success, he fails to address the more complex issues. He also falls into the trap of equating tradition with the tradition of the Roman Magisterium. The Eastern Churches also value tradition and it can be argued they are far closer to the tradition of the early Church than Rome. Overall, far better defenses of the Church's use of tradition exist by apologists in the historic Churches of both East and West. Thus, despite a few plusses, Scripture Alone? cannot be reccommended.
Another Catholic apologist who discredits the bible  Feb 18, 2006
Joel Peters is no different from Robert Sungenis or Karl Keating who deny the bible is inspired of God by just examining it's pages. Mr Peters must have the Catholic church tell him it is so before he will believe this to be so. Unfortunately, Mr Peters hasn't even read the first four gospels, which contain the very words of Christ himself.John 5:39 Since Christianity accepts Christ as divine, then logically Christ's words as written in scripture are also of God as well. A fact Mr Peters cannot accept unless his church tells him he can do so. Also Mr Peters also overlooks the fact that many of the letters of the New Testament were written to churches by the apostle Paul and he himself identifies himself as the author. Apparently, Mr Peters also denies what Paul wrote was inspired of God as well, unless of course he asks the Roman Catholic church first.

Mr Peters claims the Roman Papacy was the ones who decided the the exact canon of the New Testament. What Mr Peters overlooks is the fact that the last of the written parchments were concluded by 100 A.D. The Papacy of Rome was formed much later. Also it is true Christ and the apostles taught orally, but what they spoke was written down as well. Mr Peters fails to tell us what extra biblical oral tradition was said by the apostles other than what is found in the New Testament we have in print today? Perhaps in his next publication he could list for us these "other oral traditions" that the apostles spoke of and taught to the church that is not ALREADY found in our printed New Testament today? Perhaps Mr Robert Sungenis could help him in this endeavor as well.

Lastly, since we have no evidence either in written form or oral form of Mary as our Mediatrix, our Queen and that she was bodily assumed to heaven Mr Peters and Mr Sungenis could bring forth apostolic evidence either in oral form or written form of these modern day Catholic dogmas? Also I would ask both men if what we read in scripture is truly sufficient for a sinner to find salvation? If all that is necessary for a sinner to find eternal life or salvation can be found in scripture ALONE, then isn't scripture alone sufficient for us? Or do we need the Roman Catholic church to tell us THEIR interpretation of achieving salvation? This was and is the REAL intent of Mr Peter's biased booklet. That salvation cannot be found by studying and applying to one's life what is found in God's word alone.

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