Christ is Risen!
It isnât just you having problems with this thread. Page 3 was blank for a while and some of the posts have disappeared from page 1. Fr Simon gave a point by point answer to Eveâs list of questions back in December and included some good stuff on men and women in the home in marriage but this post has disappeared and Eves reply has disappeared too.
We discussed the Apostolic Deposit and Tradition at our weekly meeting yesterday evening in case we had got it wrong at all and Fr Simon confirmed that he used the terms Apostolic Deposit and Tradition interchangeably as in them being one and the same thing. He did say that maybe on reflection Tradition could be a better term as it allowed for things since the apostles but still reckoned Apostolic Deposit was good as although many things have been written since the apostles they should be in line with that original teaching/beliefs. He said that he received the early writings as part of the Apostolic Deposit, the Tradition, what has been received and he said he was enjoying reading the letters of Sts Ignatius of Antioch and of Polykarp. His agreed that not everything in the Tradition or Deposit of faith and practice has the same weight and that the Bible had great importance but it is never to be isolated from the rest. We were reminded that the main areas of the Tradition or source of our Faith are the Bible, the Liturgy and prayers of the Church, the Creeds and Councils and canons, iconography, the writings of the Fathers and how one should not be separated from the others. He said its important to have a more experienced guide to help us understand right. The Church is the context for understanding the Bible.
He seems to shy away from calling the Bible inspired as this word has been exactly defined by evangelicals and he does not think it should be. He said there is mystery here and likes to say the scriptures is God-breathed, as involving the breath or Spirit of God but we donât know exactly how. We accept the Bible as high in the Tradition because that is its place in the tradition, but it is in the tradition we have received and not separate from it.
It was a helpful discussion and reminded us of the source of our Faith and to help us from going wrong.