…Against Sola Scriptura. This little book–like it’s forthright title–comes right out and does what it says it will do. Well known internet apologist Dave Armstrong does what he does best–he gathers evidence, piles it up, explains it and then does it again with more evidence. His website is an amazing treasure trove representing hours–yea a lifetime of material gathered to defend Catholic doctrine.
Over the years Dave has gathered the evidence for Catholic teaching from just about every source imaginable. He’s debate endlessly with Protestants online and has the strength not only to understand the Catholic faith, but to understand the subtleties and arguments of his Protestant opponents.
This latest book is straight up. You know exactly what you’re getting: 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura. In Part One he takes us through the reasons for the binding authority of tradition as opposed to the Bible alone. So he outlines how the Bible itself relies on tradition–not just the written word, how Christ and the early church relied on tradition, and how the whole of the story of salvation relies on the spoken word, the prophetic word and the living “word of God” in the lives of faith. In Part Two Dave shows how the authority of the Church is binding–not just the written Scriptures. He piles up evidence from the Bible for the living authority of the church, apostolic succession, evidence for an infallible teaching authority in the church and he winds up with arguments against denominationalism and then counters the usual proof texts used by Protestants for sola Scriptura.
This book should be in the reference section of any serious Catholic apologist. It’s a handy tool to dismantle sola Scriptura from every possible different angle. This is the only debate I now engage in when challenged by Bible Christians. I don’t discuss why we light candles, or whether we pray to Mary or whether the Pope is the anti Christ. I go straight to the question of sola Scriptura. This doctrine is the foundation for all Protestantism, and it is doctrinally the weakest part of their belief system.
The fact of the matter is, as Dave Armstrong shows, sola Scriptura is a false doctrine. Considering that Protestants like to blame Catholics for following extra Biblical, man made, late invented doctrines–it is worth pointing out that nobody ever heard of sola Scriptura for the first 1500 years of Christendom. There is no Biblical support for it, and it was clearly invented by the Reformers as a sort of anti-Catholic authority system. Furthermore, Protestantism’s whole edifice is built on this extra Biblical, man made, late invented doctrine.
Dave’s book not only takes sola Scriptura to pieces, but does so with brisk, objective efficiency. He doesn’t sling mud, resort to ad hominem attacks, set up straw men or fall into any other common debater’s pits. He’s clear, straight talking and gets to the point.
You can check out Dave’s website here and purchase the book.