Scritpture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium



"There are many Christians who believe that the Bible is the sole source of Christian doctrine. This belief is often referred to as "Sola Scriptura," which is Latin for "Scripture Alone." However, this belief in 'Scripture Alone' is not found in Scripture.

Protestants often quote 2 Tim 3:16 to support the belief in 'Sola Scriptura' or 'Scripture Alone':

"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction".

However, the verse does not say that scripture alone is 'sufficient by itself' as the sole basis for the rule of faith.

The Catholic Church teaches that the Bible is the inspired word of God (1). However, if the written tradition (Bible) is not coupled with oral tradition, the teachings of the Church that have been passed down, then it is an incomplete source for Christian beliefs (1).

2 Thess 2: 15 : "hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by an oral statement or by a letter"

1 Tim 3:15 : "the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of truth"


Sola Scriptura vs Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium

Term Paper: Refutation of Sola Scriptura

Personal Approbation Paper: Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium









[1] The Bible Thumper by Jim Burnham, Brian Butler, and Mathew Pinto