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What is the 'Rule of Faith'?

tomgroeneman's picture

How do you understand the rule of faith in light of the Apostolic teaching, the Scriptures, the Creeds and Church history? Is it similar to the idea of the deposit of faith that some speak of? How does your understanding of the rule of faith effect the way you interpret Scripture? The reason I am asking is because I am trying to determine whether or not Tradition is a valid means of receiving the revelation of God. At what point does an individual rely on the teaching of the Church to formulate doctrine and as guidance on questions of faith and morals? I am open to all arguments for or against. It seems to me that just me and my Bible are limited in providing the sufficient illumination necessary to survive in this world. I know Protestant theology teaches that Scripture alone is sufficient for all that the believer needs but I am thinking there is more available in the plan of God. As a Catholic, I am taught that the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Church, works together with Holy Scripture to minister the life of God. Before the Canon was completed, the Early Church relied on the teachings of the Apostles (the rule of faith?) and the following generations of Church leaders to guide the people of God until the Canon was finalized. How much weight do the Early Church Fathers carry in our understanding of the truths of the Gospel? What say you?

Noshic's picture

doctrinal soundness

Brother Tom,

I am beginning to think that even in the Catholic Church, all that survives undiluted is what is written down. Individual Catholic priests too put their own interpretation on the teachings of the Church. That's a natural human trait, whether one is catholic or protestant. For instance, the clergy here in India, is a lot more liberal towards other religions than what you would expect from reading the canons or CCC (Even given Vatican II), and are almost reluctant to convert even those who approach them.