Thursday, February 19, 2015

Relationship between Scripture and Tradition – St Basil the Great

The Orthodox Church has always emphasised on the relationship between Scripture and Tradition. One cannot exist without the other. Below is a small extract from St. Basil the Great (also known as St. Basil of Caesarea) who, in his Treatise on the Holy Spirit, claims:

‘Among the doctrines and teachings preserved by the Church, we hold some from written sources, and we have collected others transmitted in an unexplicit form [Mystikos] from apostolic tradition. They have all the same value . . . For if we were to try to put aside the unwritten customs as having no great force, we should, unknown to ourselves, be weakening the Gospel in its very essence;  furthermore, we should be transforming the kerygma into mere word.’[1]

[1] Meyendorff, John, Living Tradition, (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978), p. 16. 

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