Reviews - What do customers think about Sola Scriptura: An Orthodox Analysis of the Cornerstone of Reformation Theology?
a critical christian issue Jul 13, 2007
After many years of believing and preaching "sola scriptura" I came to the same conclusions as Whiteford. His book deals with this profoundly serious issue in a very sound way. In this book you will discover that one's faith is not threatened by understanding things somewhat differently- in a way that countless millions of Christians have for 2,000 years. Rearranging the "furniture" of one's brain is not the same as throwing the "furniture" out. Luther, et al, did the best they could with the perspective they had- but after 500 years we have a very different perspective. Whiteford demonstrates that the Apostolic Faith is not about a book (with thousands of strange interpretations) nor infallible vicars,nor (God forbid!) about not believing the Bible, but about Jesus Christ himself- God Incarnate- who is quite capable of "running" his church and maintaining it in its original purity. Whiteford is a breath of fresh air!
Where is he looking from? Jul 1, 2001
Throughout this book Fr. Whiteford shows some changes in attitude that seem to be dependent on the direction that he is looking. When he stands on the Orthodox Church that he belongs to now, facing the Protestantism that he came from, and his back is to the Catholic Church, he sounds like a Roman Catholic. When he turns and faces the Roman Catholic Church, with his back to the Protestants, he sounds like the Protestants that he talks about. One wonders if, should he take the rest of the steps to find out more about Roman Catholicism, would he then be able to see the Protestant-like difficultities with the Orthodox Churches, only one of which he likely thinks is the "right" Orthodox Church.
Some of the things Fr. Whiteford says about the Catholic Church appear to be from ignorance filled in from his Protestant Days. Protestants attack the Caatholic Church, usually without being aware of the Orthodox Churches, or that they are separate and different. Does Fr. Whiteford Still carry a man-made tradition of a blind spot for Catholiscism?
The book was well written (except for some more research) and stimulated my thinking about the Sola Scriptura controversy.
A Great Orthodox refutation of Sola Scriptura Jul 30, 2000
This book presents the Orthodox view of Sola Scriptura and demolishes its basic assumptions. It also presents the Orthodox view of Scripture in contrast to both the Protestant and Roman Catholic approaches.