Monday, November 16, 2015

The Importance of Tradition

Holy Scripture and Tradition co-exist within the Orthodox Tradition. Orthodoxy cannot fathom the one without the other. This is evident through the countless Church Fathers who have, since the beginning of Christianity, played a crucial role in the exegesis of Scripture and in the life of the Church. St Basil the Great gives a beautiful explanation of this relationship, of this marriage between the two, explaining:

‘Of the dogmas and preaching preserved in the Church, some we have from the written teaching, others we received from the tradition of the Apostles, handed down to us in secret, both of them having the same force for piety. No one who has the least experience of the laws of the Church will object to these, for if we try to dismiss that which is unwritten among the customs as of no great authority, then without noticing it we shall damage the Gospel.’[1]

[1] Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit, 27.66.

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