(PRWEB) May 25, 2017
“It Ain't Necessarily So: When Scripture and Tradition Collide”: a lively examination of the relationship of Christian religious tradition with Scripture. “It Ain't Necessarily So: When Scripture and Tradition Collide” is the creation of published author Dale E. Austin, a United Methodist pastor, husband, father, and grandfather who has served in mostly small town and rural churches, where he feels at home.
In this work, Pastor Austin challenges the reader to explore the relationship between Scripture and Tradition in one’s life and in their faith formation. He shares, “Much of what we claim to believe about the Scriptures is based more on our Traditions than we wish to acknowledge. We have been taught by previous generations what the Scriptures are saying to us. This becomes a significant part of our individual Tradition—the sum total of what we believe the Scriptures to say and how they compel us to act. Because we trust those ancestors not to lead us astray, we don't question this Tradition. Perhaps we should.”
“One of the primary assertions of this work is that ‘Tradition trumps Truth.’ We don't intend for it to be so, but often what we think we are reading in the Scriptures is tainted by years of Tradition and the teaching of the Church. We don't question what we've been taught; it is the Truth. Sometimes, however, that ‘truth’ is slightly skewed by our life experiences and teachings. When this happens, Scripture often yields to our own Tradition, without our awareness that this is happening.”
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Dale E. Austin‘s new book is a study of the Bible as it actually stands, and an effort to compare and contract Christian religious tradition with the teachings in Scripture.
Austin concludes, “This book explores the possibility that when “Tradition trumps Truth,” there might be more than one way of understanding the Scriptures, particularly when we recognize how our truth has been compromised by years of tradition and practice. This is not to say that we have been wrong for all these years. But these chapters are written in the hopes of spurring further discussion into the many layers in which the Scriptures are given to us, and perhaps lead us to gaining new insights and appreciation for the depths of our faith, not to replace our previous convictions, unless necessary, but to augment them.”
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