Early Christian Understanding of Scripture, Tradition and Church Authority – CHS 72


What did early Christians of the greater church think about the relationship between Scripture, tradition and the authority the church. In this episode, we argue that early Christians of the greater church believed that apostolic session was the glue connecting the early post-apostolic church to the apostles and ultimately to Christ. The teaching of apostolic succession states that the authority the apostles passes down to their legitimately appointed successors in the very churches they founded. To be connected to the apostles, early Christians of the greater church believed, one had to be in actual communion with their successors. To merely adhere to the ideas and even practices in the texts left by the apostles was insufficient. One had to maintain Eucharistic communion with their successors and the very churches they had founded. Join us this week as we discuss the theme of apostolic succession as it relates to the authority of Scripture, tradition and the bishops of the Church.

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