Mike Aquilina

Your Kerygmata Ran Over My Dogma

Friday September 21st 2007, 3:03 am

Kevin has posted my favorite passage from St. Basil, on Scripture and Tradition.

Concerning the teachings of the Church, whether publicly proclaimed (kerygmata) or reserved to members of the household of faith (dogmata), we have received some from written sources, while others have been given to us secretly, through apostolic tradition. Both sources have equal force in true religion. No one would deny either source—no one, at any rate, who is even slightly familiar with the ordinances of the Church. If we attacked unwritten customs, claiming them to be of little importance, we would fatally mutilate the Gospel, no matter what our intentions—or rather, we would reduce the Gospel teachings to bare words…

Do read the rest.