Thursday’s Podcast: Sola Scriptura and Christian Unity

Is the Protestant principle of sola scriptura antithetical to Christian unity? That’s the argument of Catholic historian Brad Gregory, in his newest book: “Though it liberated evangelicals from the Roman Church, [“scripture alone”] also plunged them into the beginning of an unwanted Protestant pluralism. What lay behind these church-dividing disagreements was the very thing that had launched the Reformation in the first place: Luther’s insistence on scripture as the singular authority for Christian faith and life.”

Gregory, Rebel in the RanksSo on today’s new episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Sam and I discuss a few of those historic disagreements from the 1520s, and what sola scriptura means for Christian unity today. (NOTE: this episode has been delayed in going up on the Christian Humanist Network, but it’s being simul-pod-cast on Sam’s Live from AC 2nd Network, so you can listen to it there.)

Featured Book

Brad Gregory, Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World

Other Readings

Andreas Karlstadt, “On the Removal of Idols” (1522)

Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants” (1525)

Martin Luther, “Against the Murderous, Thieving Hordes of Peasants” (1525)

Erasmus-Luther Correspondence, 1517-1534,” Biblical Evidence for Catholicism, Feb. 2, 2017

John Turner, “More Than a Tragic Necessity,” The Anxious Bench, Oct. 25, 2017

Peter Leithart, The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church