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100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura Paperback – May 10, 2012
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His website / blog, "Biblical Evidence for Catholicism" has been online since February 1997, and contains more than 2500 papers (including 50+ separate web pages and 625+ dialogues). Sophia Institute Press has published five of his 30 books: "A Biblical Defense of Catholicism" (2003), "The Catholic Verses" (2004), "The One-Minute Apologist" (2007), "Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths" (2009), and "The Quotable Newman" (editor: 2012).
Dave was the co-author (with Dr. Paul Thigpen) of "The New Catholic Answer Bible" (Our Sunday Visitor: 2005), and editor for "The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton: The Very Best Quotes, Quips, and Cracks from the Pen of G. K. Chesterton" (Saint Benedict Press / TAN Books: 2009) and author of "100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura" (Catholic Answers, 2012).
He has been happily married to Judy since October 1984; they have three sons and a daughter and reside in metro Detroit.
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The book is concise, coming in at around 130 pages, and can be read in a several hours' time. So this is a fun and fast read.
Dave lays out what sola Scriptura is by quoting from several Protestant apologists and scholars--no straw-men here--and then dives right in to the arguments against the doctrine. Most are short, from one paragraph to a page; he gets right to the point and doesn't waste words.
I found many of the arguments interesting, and lots I had never thought of before (great job, Dave!). Argument 9, for example, quotes from Nehemiah 8:7-8 when the Jewish leaders interpreted the "the law" in "the book" for the people. Another one is in argument 13, where Matthew 2:23 is quoted "He shall be called a Nazarene," yet Dave points out that this prophecy is found nowhere in the Old Testament.
In argument 41, he hits the nail on the head:
"Protestants grant to individuals the authority to decided...what is true and what isn't, while denying it to the Church. This makes no sense. If Protestantism discounts the Church's binding authority because the Church is made of fallible, sinful men, then they have to discount every individual's interpretation, since each person is a fallible sinner, too!"
I and others have made a similar argument regarding the canon of Scripture. Why should I believe that God would guide me personally to know which books are inspired and not guide His Church on the matter?Read more ›
Now there is a certain irony in taking apart Sola Scriptura via the scriptures but you have to stay within a certain framework when dialoging with others. Jesus when talking to the Sadducees only quoted from the Pentateuch since this was all they accepted. So this apologetical pattern certainly applies here.
Now first off when discussing Sola Scriptura it is best to define terms first. How Catholics might define Sola Scriptura can be quite simplistic compared to how many Protestants would understand it. So Dave Armstrong starts the book by quoting prominent Protestants as to exactly how Sola Scriptura is defined.
Many of the arguments Dave Armstrong used are quite nuanced and interesting and go beyond some run-of-the-mill typical apologetics replies concerning the topic. In many ways Protestantism stands or falls on this since there must be some method of authority to answer questions. If you abandon the authority of a physical teaching Church than Sola Scriptura makes what appears as an acceptable fallback position. It is not enough to just refute Sola Scriptura though. Dave Armstrong as he methodically presents his arguments also sets the case for the understanding of authority presenting the three-legged stool of Scripture-Teaching Church-Sacred Tradition. He does this in a structured way discussing the authority of tradition, authority of the Church, and then answering common arguments used to defend Sola Scriptura.
Apologetics books of this type can be for dry reading, but I did not find that here as I was so interested by the arguments made and how they were presented. Certainly an excellent resource for the apologetic toolbox and one that goes in-depth on a fundamental topic.
What this means is that on that leg, Protestantism stands or falls. If sola Scriptura is true, Catholicism is false--or at least contains excess doctrines, like barnacles on a ship. But if sola Scriptura is false, Protestantism is completely undermined.
As a Protestant apologist, Dave Armstrong understood this dilemma. So once he discovered that sola Scriptura was a man-made doctrine he converted to the Catholic Church. Since then, through his blog and many books, Dave has helped others spot the holes in sola Scriptura. And in a new book, 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura (Catholic Answers, paperback, 134 pages), he compiles all the arguments in one place.
One common objection you'll hear from Protestants whenever sola Scriptura is under attack is that the attacker misrepresents the doctrine. There are, admittedly, several nuanced definitions of sola Scriptura among various Protestants. For instance, some groups differentiate between solo Scriptura, the notion that Scripture is the only authority, and sola Scriptura, the notion that Scripture is the only infallible authority while other lesser authorities exist. (However, both systems ultimately reduce to the same thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend! Though the author does throw a few low blows - or perhaps I am an evangelical christian so have thin skin.
Written for someone with half a brain. Read more
100 BIBLICAL arguments against SOLA SCRIPTURA??? So we're going to prove we can't rely on scripture for truth ---- by relying on scripture???
Convincing in his arguments. This book helps settle the matter of authority for Christians. Who do you listen too? Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Brad
I am still reading the book, but I appreciate everything I have read so far. It is so important in this day and age to remember the importance of Christian religion and... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by JHinOC
I am unable to comment on the content yet, due to a negative first impression. The difference between the text sizes of the table of contents and the body is 3 or 4 increments of... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by marnylee
Many of the pages were garbled and I was unable to read them on my device so I missed several points in the bookPublished on May 12, 2013 by Tara
Great apologist book. Easy to read. Short and sweet answers. This will definitely reveal what "sola scriptura" is missing. This book is great.Published on December 11, 2012 by Maka Veli
This book is really useful for every Catholic who is trying to have a deeper relationship with GOD and to understand more on
what Catholisism is all about.