One of the major shake-ups in the last reformation of the church was the new knowledge about the earth and sun. Scripture indicated that the sun moved and the earth stood still and could not be moved. When it was discovered that the earth literally revolved around the sun questions arose about the believability of scripture. It was also discovered at this time that the world is round. This knowledge led people to ask the question: “If the world is round, where is heaven?”. Heaven had always been UP, but if there is no UP, then where is heaven? These are the questions that shook up people 500 years ago.
Today we have different questions that are causing major shake-ups. With scientific, intellectual and technological advances we are led to ask new questions. One of the questions that tends to keep coming up in conversations these days is the question of authority as discontentment continues to grow over the inadequacy and failure of church authority and sola scriptura.
Some will say that this discontentment comes from those who are resisting authority and who don’t like what they hear from the church and/or from scripture. I am sure those people exist, but, at the same time, I know that there are those who are serious in their search for the answer to the question: “Where should our authority come from?”
I’m leaning towards the idea that Christian authority should come from community that is shaped by scripture and tradition.
What do you think?