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Scripture and Tradition? Where does Tradition stand?

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We will continue the 2 Tim and 1 Thess here. I will bring the last posts from each thread here.

Let me define the thread subject here. We all agree that Scripture is foundational to the church, but where does tradition stand and what tradition.

Some questions -

Is a tradition considered to be apostolical even though it is announced and defined at a later date?

Must a tradition have some other supporting evidence or is the church's "word" good enough for it to be considered canonical?

Is Dogma tradition or just a church's view?

What support must a tradition have to be canonical? (such as multi-church support?)

Are views and teachings about a tradition also tradition or just a church's opinion?

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Michael -
That is your opinion but it is not the case since the doctrines were both know in the early Church long before the Reformation.

Loutzenhiser - please show support for you contention that these "traditions" were known long before the reformation. Such as what scripture describes purgatory and the reason for it's existence. Perhaps Polycarp issued an epistle expressing his understanding of Paul's teaching on Purgatory. Just what is the earliest teaching on this Tradition? Same for Papal infallibility.

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