For the Bible Tells Me So: How Anglicans Read the Bible Introduction There are a lot of ways to live a life of faith There are a lot of ways to be a Christian Being Anglican is one of them
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The Roman Catholic Church for most of its history has been refining the idea that when the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, speaks ex cathedra (literally “from his chair” or “throne”) on matters of faith he is infallible. This was finally defined at the First Vatican Council in 1870.
The question that faced Richard Hooker was to state clearly what it meant for the Church in England to be separate from the Church in Rome as well as to address the conflicting perspectives of “reformed theologians” such as John Calvin (whose followers were known as the Puritans of Mayflower fame.)
The Puritans taught that the Scriptures provided a certainty that transcended all other certainty, including reason, which reason they wished to confine to “science” (i.e. all forms of human learning). They believed that the Scriptures must be read for themselves and devoid of subsequent interpretations, namely, tradition.
This is why the Bible is the church’s book and the task of the church is to enable the Scriptures to be heard as good news, calling us to see the world in a new way in which God is present, bringing us to wholeness.